TRAVIS COUNTY — Austin-Travis County EMS officials say they have responded to more than 100 wrecks since Thursday due to icy road conditions in the area.
Those wrecks include several multiple-car pileups. EMS responded to a 20-car pileup at Highway 290 and MoPac Expressway, and another multiple-car pileup at southbound U.S. 183 near Anderson Mill.
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The City of Round Rock said that authorities responded to 28 accidents in Round Rock as of 9:45 p.m. Thursday.
Those wrecks include three people injured when a vehicle ran into the back of a Round Rock Fire Department truck at 15613 North MoPac Expressway around 7:30 p.m. Thursday. One person was injured in a head-on collision between two vehicles around 8:30 p.m. on FM 1431 west of Interstate Highway 35, on a bridge over the railroad tracks.
Williamson County announced that it responded to 18 accidents with injuries and 21 accidents without injuries between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday.
TxDOT said they are preparing sand and other de-icing materials and equipment, with staff on standby to treat roadways if needed.
“TxDOT is ready to respond should the Texas Hill Country receive winter weather this weekend,” said Greg Malatek, TxDOT Austin District Engineer. “Hazardous weather can cause problems for drivers, so if you don’t have to drive in it—don’t. If you do decide to drive, be sure to reduce your speed in icy conditions and take extra precautions when approaching bridges, shaded spots, overpasses and turns, as these areas tend to ice over first.”
The Austin district of TxDOT covers Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Gillespie, Hays, Lee, Llano, Mason, Travis and Williamson counties.
TxDOT also released the following winter weather driving tips:
- Drive slowly on slick roadways.
- Keep a safe distance from vehicles driving ahead.
- Watch for treatment trucks on the roadways.
- Drive with extra caution on bridges, ramps and overpasses. They tend to freeze first.
- If your vehicle starts to slide, don’t hit the brakes or the gas. Steer into the direction of the skid until you have regained traction, then straighten out your vehicle.
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