Ice Causes Massive Motor Vehicle Pileup on SH 45
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February 11, 2021
AUSTIN (KVUE) — A wintry weather forecast has caused some crashes and traffic delays Thursday morning.
The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) began to pretreat bridges and overpasses on major Austin roads on Wednesday in preparation for the expected icy conditions.
Here’s a live blog tracking traffic issues in the Central Texas area.
10:55 a.m. – The final report from Austin-Travis County EMS said a total of 32 people were involved in the massive car pile-up on SH 45. Five people were taken to the hospital. One of those people has serious injuries and the four others have non-life-threatening injuries.
10:50 a.m. – There are reports of ice near the Mansfield Dam on FM 620.
10:45 a.m. – Leander police said the Highway 183A toll road was reopening after CTRMA treated the roadway.
10:40 a.m. – The Travis County Sheriff’s Office said deputies were shutting down FM 1431 due to ice on the roads and one crash in the area.
10:10 a.m. – In Round Rock, the southbound I-35 and SH 45 flyovers are temporarily closed as crews head out to de-ice the roadway, the Round Rock police said at 10 a.m.
10:04 a.m. – Out in the Hill Country, the National Weather Service is advising people to not travel along the northern Interstate 35 corridor.
“This cannot be overstated today: PLEASE, DO NOT TRAVEL in the Hill Country and Northern I-35 corridor,” the National Weather Service said on Twitter. “Conditions will continue to deteriorate as elevated roadways ice over first followed by other roads.
10:03 a.m. – According to Leander police, the 183A toll road is closed due to icy conditions as of 10 a.m.
“Please remain on the frontage road until the icy conditions improve,” Leander police said. “We are begging folks to drive to the conditions or not to drive at all.”
8:40 a.m. – The Austin Fire Department said there are reports that 26 cars are involved in a pile-up in the State Highway 45 and FM 620. According to AFD, it is believed that cars are piled up on the upper and lower deck. There is at least one serious injury. Four people have been taken to the hospital and it’s believed that one additional person may be taken to the hospital, Austin-Travis County EMS said.
The APD said the 620 ramp to get on to SH 45 will be closed until the area is clear.
8:19 a.m. – The San Gabriel River bridge between Highway 29 and FM 2243 has reopened.
7:08 a.m. – Earlier in the morning, Lender police reported icy road conditions on the San Gabriel River bridge between Highway 29 and FM 2243. According to LPD, the conditions caused multiple crashes at that location.
Cedar Park police said they were shutting down Lakeline Boulevard between Cypress Creek Road and Little Elm Trail due to slippery roads.
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Information Sourced From KVUE