That blast of winter weather caught many Lubbockites off guard and drivers were not prepared for the wintry weather mix. Lubbock police said they responded to 191 wrecks Wednesday morning between 6 - 10 a.m.
They said the main areas that wrecks were occurring are S. Loop 289, I-27, and the Marsha Sharp Freeway. DPS has also assisted by working several of these wrecks in town.
Police said no major injuries have occurred.
Dianah Ascencio, Public information Officer for Texas Department of Transportation, says they were expecting the cold front but they anticipated cold dry weather after speaking with the local national weather service Tuesday evening.
"With the 80 degree weather yesterday, our crews were busy with hot mix operations and were prepared to continue with those operations today," said Ascencio.
Ascencio says their crews responded as quickly as possible with the first salt truck hitting the roads at 7:15 a.m.
"Weather can change quickly in West Texas, so TxDOT hopes motorists will exercise safe driving habits, slowing down and giving 100% of their attention to driving," she said.
She says their crews will be out patrolling and treating icy spots until conditions improve.
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