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Icy Conditions Lead to Hundreds of Delays, Four Deaths

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(KXAS) -- More than 230 schools have either delayed or canceled classes Tuesday due to icy conditions on North Texas roadways that have also led to hundreds of crashes and four deaths.

While covering a fatal crash Tuesday morning, NBC 5's Kendra Lyn witnessed a string of crashes as drivers spun out of control along a slippery stretch of southeast Loop 820 near Anglin Drive in Fort Worth.

In crashes at that location, officials said five people were injured and one man, 31-year-old Jeffery Rozas, was ejected from his vehicle and killed. 

Earlier that morning, a driver in Fort Worth was killed when he lost control of his sport utility vehicle on an icy bridge and slammed into a tree along the 5500 block of Cattlebaron Drive.  The single-vehicle crash was reported at about 5:30 a.m.; the driver's name has not been released.

A 16-year-old driver was killed in a crash on Farm-to-Market 156 south of state Highway 114 in Denton County on Monday. Texas Department of Public Safety troopers said the teen's car was traveling south on FM 156 when the driver lost control, crossed the centerline and was struck by a pickup truck.  A second teen in the car is listed in critical condition.

In Arlington, a crash involving up to 20 vehicles was reported Monday at Collins Street and Green Oaks Boulevard.  Also on Monday night, Denton police closed U.S. Highway 380 near Loop 288 so that sand trucks could treat icy patches.

"For the first time since I have been doing this for five years, we had to shut the trucks down because we didn't want to tear up the equipment. This has been a bad winter," said Lou Zion, of Pursur Towing.

Overnight Monday, the Fort Worth Police Department tallied 375 crashes between 5 p.m. Monday and 8 a.m. Tuesday.

MedStar reported it responded to 32 motor vehicle crashes between 6 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Monday. MedStar also said they were prioritizing 911 calls to address the most life-threatening first and any calls where the patient may be outside without shelter from the cold.

Dallas Firefighter Killed After Fall From Bridge

On Monday night, a Dallas firefighter was thrown from a bridge while at the scene of a crash on a highway flyover.

Dallas Fire-Rescue said 40-year-old William Scott Tanksley was assisting a motorist when a passing car slid on the ice and struck him, forcing him off the Spur 408 overpass and onto a bridge below. 

Flight Cancellations

According to Flight Aware, as of 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, 189 flights departing Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport had been canceled and another 21 were delayed. Inbound, there have been 164 cancellations at DFW and 17 delays.

At Love Field, six departing flights have been canceled and 46 have been delayed. Inbound there have been five cancellations and 47 delays.

More than 200 flights were canceled on Monday and over 600 flights were delayed.

Schools Delay, Cancel Classes Due to Weather

Many schools in Denton County are closed due to the icy conditions, including the University of North Texas and those in the Denton, Krum, Argyle and Northwest independent school districts.

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