Driving conditions make travel difficult - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/29/10

Driving conditions make travel difficult

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By Brittany Pieper  - bio | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - In Lubbock, TxDOT has cleared most roads, but there are still some slick spots on bridges and overpasses. Just outside the city, a lot of the Farm to Market roads still have ice on them. Interstate 27 looks clear until you get past Abernathy, then it turns into a sheet of ice.

A sprinkle of snow can make the world look peaceful until you get on the roads and discover motor vehicles and Mother Nature don't always mix. "It's very slippery, so people if you don't have no where to go you better stay at home," said Lubbock driver Clarence Hawking. 

Friday's  ice storm caused lots of cars to spin off the road and lots of wrecks. Even NewsChannel 11's Mini Storm Chaser got stuck in the snow. A NewsChannel 11 crew was traveling to Plainview to do a story about fixing power lines, but on their way there spun off the road and ended up in a ditch. Luckily, a few good Samaritans stopped to help. "I've just seen several people wrecked along the way, and we're all out here to help one another as best we can, so just try to get everybody out," said Dusty Elkins. 

Justin Riojas and his dad spent the morning rescuing stranded strangers. With their shovel and a little muscle power they helped folks get on our way, and left to spread their kindness to the next person in need.

TxDOT re-opened up some of the roads in the Amarillo area including I-40, US 87, and US 287. However, they say conditions are still hazardous. US 54 from Stratford to Tucumcari remains closed.

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