Icy roads blamed for death on N. Texas interstate

March 21, 2010 2:43:38 PM PDT
Icy roads from a first-day-of-spring snow caused an accident that killed one person and closed an interstate for about eight hours in the suburban Dallas-Fort Worth area, officials said Sunday. Five vehicles, including two 18-wheelers, were involved in the wreck Sunday morning, Arlington police spokeswoman Tiara Ellis Richard said. One of the 18-wheelers fell onto another vehicle, resulting in the fatality.

The accident happened along Interstate 30, shutting down the westbound highway for about eight hours until the early afternoon. One of the 18-wheelers landed on its side and blocked all three lanes of traffic, with the cab hanging over a concrete divider onto the shoulder of the eastbound lanes.

Richard said icy road conditions were a factor.

The unusual late March snowfall dumped about six inches on parts of Collin County, north of Dallas. The snow came after nearly a week of mild weather that saw temperatures climb into the low 70s. College tennis matches at Texas A&M and Baylor were moved indoors because of the cold weather.

Those springlike temperatures were expected to return Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Sunny skies were predicted across the Dallas-Fort Worth area, with highs in the low 60s, and a low around 41.

In southeast Texas, the forecast called for sunny skies, with a high around 68 and a low around 44. Central Texas highs were expected to reach the mid-70s, with lows of 40.

Wind chill values in the Panhandle were expected to dip into the 20s Monday, but with temperatures quickly warming under sunny skies to about 70.

Temperatures in far west Texas were expected to hit 70 under mostly sunny skies. The low was expected to be around 40.


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