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Icy I35 Causes Standstill for Hours

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(KCEN) – Late Thursday night and Friday morning I35 from Waco to San Antonio looked more like a parking lot than an interstate with traffic at a complete standstill in areas for three hours or more.

The icy road caused massive delays, stranding some drivers on the side of the road for hours or even over night.

"We left Dallas around 5 o'clock last night, and there were starting to be wrecks and people sliding off roads on both sides," Aletta Holloway said. "It was horrible. We were literally going one mile per hour."

Holloway was trying to drive to San Antonio, but I35 became so dangerous that she stopped at a gas station in Troy, where she ended up spending the night in her truck.

"We did the best we could with my dog, cat and my daughter. It was cramped, and she was grumpy," Holloway joked with her daughter.

The painfully slow traffic was the result of the extremely icy roads and drivers not able to go more than 30 to 40 miles per hour. In addition to that, minor crashes in construction zones left I35 down to one lane backing up traffic for miles and hours as they slowly inched around the wrecked or abandoned vehicles.

"Our bridges, overpasses were frozen. We've been out treating the roads with a gravel and sand mixture," TxDOT spokesman Ken Roberts said.

Since last night TxDOT crews used between 400 to 600 tons of ice chat between four different counties including Bell and McLennan. But even using the deicing mixture, Roberts says it continued to refreeze with low temperatures adding to the delays this morning.

DPS says another major issue were people just abandoning their vehicles too close to the roadway, causing potential accident. Luckily DPS did not report any major accidents.

TxDOT will have more crews out Friday night to treat the roads in case the melted ice begins to refreeze.

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