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Slick roads result in numerous accidents

Published On: Dec 24 2013 04:18:10 PM CST   Updated On: Nov 22 2013 09:21:46 PM CST
ABILENE, Texas -

Slippery roads resulted in numerous accidents Friday in Abilene and the Big Country.

Texas Department of Transportation maintenance crews were out since early morning de-icing bridges and overpasses. Transportation officials warned to avoid travel, if at all possible.

Lt. Greg Goettsch of the Abilene Fire Department said AFD had responded to more than 20 accidents before 10 a.m.

"These freezing temperatures I think, even though we had some warning, kind of caught everyone by surprise," Goettsch said. "Most of these are simply involving people losing control – and we've been very, very lucky that most have not involved serious injuries."

Collisions were reported, for example, on Loop 322, Martin Luther King Bridge and on Interstate 20 in Abilene.

A Sweetwater Fire Department rescue truck was struck by an 18-wheeler on I-20, according to KTXS viewer Brena Gocher.

"Slow down, speed is everything right now," Goettsch said. "And of course, we don't want you getting out unless you absolutely have to this is one of those cases where of you can stay home stay home, stay in."

The Jones County Courthouse closed at noon – and non-essential employees at Dyess Air Force Base were released midday.