Icy weather leads to 140 crashes in 12 hours in Austin

Saturday, icy weather hit Austin area roads with a vengeance, creating a nightmare for drivers who couldn't avoid a nasty commute.

"Majority of the crashes have all been on the northwest part of town. We have held over a lot of nightshift officers and transferred those guys, moved them all up northwest where the crashes were occurring, to help clear those crashes up and help shutdown roadways," said Corporal David Boyd with the Austin Police Department.

Austin police said there were about 140 crashes between midnight and noon on Saturday. Austin Travis County Emergency Medical Services said they responded to 86, 2 of them involving vehicle rescues, 13 rollovers, and 3 falls.

"A lot of crashes out there, mostly on elevated roadways, and most of them are on the northwest side of the city," said Boyd.

Multiple vehicles were involved in two crashes in Williamson County, one of them with more than a dozen cars near the intersection of SH 45 and RM 620 in Pflugerville. No serious injuries reported in that wreck.

"If you have to get out for some reason, slow down, definitely stay off those elevated roadways or overpasses where those icy conditions may form, stay on surface streets, go slow, be careful," said Boyd.

Austin police said they are doing everything possible to keep drivers safe.

"Of course we have TxDOT and city crews out there right now treating those roads that are slippery," said Boyd. 

Authorities are hoping temperatures stay above 32 degrees so there isn't any refreeze on roadways Saturday night.

 "Let's cross our fingers," said Boyd.     

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