Sleet Causes Icing Problems, Accidents in Waco Area

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Early morning light sleet may have caused some icing problems on Waco area bridges and overpasses.

A winter weather advisory was issued for some Central Texas counties east of Interstate 35.

An advisory for Limestone, Leon and Robertson Counties expired at 9 a.m., but one for Freestone and Navarro Counties remained in effect until 11 a.m. Monday as freezing rain moved over an area east of a line from Corsicana to Fairfield to Palestine.

In Waco, police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said officers would have to close the Interstate southbound at some point as ice began to accumulate.

Swanton reported several traffic crashes on the Interstate between University Parks and Waco Drive.

As well, Swanton said a traffic accident at Bosque and University Parks was in the clearing stage but officers continued just before 8 a.m. to deal with multi0ple accidents on Loop 340 near Imperial.

He also said the overpasses on 17th and 18th streets off Franklin Avenue were beginning to ice over.

Beginning at about 6:45 a.m. Waco police were working accidents at Loop 340 and Imperial, Interstate 35 at 4th and 5th streets and on Orchard Lane near Highway 6 south.

The accident on Imperial at Loop 340 was said to have involved as many as 11 vehicles and there were several people injured.

The accident on the Interstate had southbound traffic moving at a crawl.

Some officers at accident scenes were saying that light sleet which caused some freezing on overpasses may have contributed to accidents.

Swanton urged drivers to use extreme caution when traveling Monday morning, especially on bridges and overpasses.