Patchy ice slows North Texas drivers

The morning commute was worse Tuesday in some areas because of trouble spots and more drivers on the roads.

In general, the tollways and roads maintained by TxDOT are in good shape. But many of the overpasses and neighborhood roads are still slippery.

Video from SKY 4 showed drivers struggling to get traction on a westbound Interstate 635 overpass near Northwest Highway. The driver of an 18-wheeler got out of his truck to warn other drivers after he got stuck.

Along Interstate 30, especially over the Lake Ray Hubbard bridge and between Dallas and Fort Worth, there were several crashes because of patches of ice. A rollover accident closed eastbound I-30 at Belt Line Road in Grand Prairie.

The driver of an SUV and an 18-wheeler lost control on an icy bridge on Stemmons Freeway north of Downtown Dallas. No one was seriously hurt, but the 18-wheeler jackknifed and spilled about 100 gallons of fuel on the roadway.

Traffic moved slowly along Interstate 20 because of the ice. One driver who spun out and hit a guardrail along I-20 between Dallas and Lancaster said the guardrail was the only thing that stopped her from going off the edge of the overpass.

"I hit that ice and went across and just spin. It just spin and I'm just glad the rail was here, cause I would have gone over there. Just kind of nervous," she said.

FOX 4 traffic reporter Chip Waggoner said there are more drivers on the roads Tuesday and some are getting too confident, thinking they can drive faster than they should. So even small patches of ice remain dangerous.

For traffic updates, follow FOX 4's Chip at www.twitter.com/cwaggonerfox4.
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