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Taking a look at some of the major accidents icy roads caused in North Texas

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It didn't take much precipitation to cause havoc on North Texas roads Wednesday morning.

Winter weather has returned to North Texas, and sleet and freezing rain caused issues for many drivers across the area.

A Winter Storm Warning was issued for most of North Texas on Wednesday morning, including Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton Counties. Accumulations of 0.10" to 0.20" of ice are possible during this time period.

Traffic was slow-moving, and several accidents were being reported across North Texas.

MedStar, the ambulance company that services Fort Worth, said that since 3:30 a.m., crews had responded to 74 crashes (including nine rollover crashes) 34 of which resulted in patients being transported to area hospitals; 17 falls on the ice, most of which were close to homes and involved leg and head injuries; and seven cold exposure calls, three of which were taken to hospitals.

From 3:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., Fort Worth police had responded to 36 crashes, according to online police records.

Here is a look at some of the area's major crashes that happened because of this winter weather.

Allen

U.S. 75 southbound was shut down in Allen at Stacy Road due to a crash involving an 18-wheeler Amazon truck.

This is near the Allen Premium Outlets and just west of Fairview.

Bedford

As of 8:23 a.m., the Bedford Police Department was assisting Hurst PD with closing S.H. 183 West Bound Toll Lanes. 

The westbound entrance ramps for the tolls were shut down and vehicles on the toll had to exit using the Brown Trail exit onto the westbound access road. 

Around 9 a.m., all westbound toll lane entrance and exit ramps opened back up.

Carrollton

As of 11:54 a.m. Wednesday, the Carrollton Police Department and Carrollton Texas Fire Rescue had crews working on numerous calls because of traffic issues, according to a Facebook post from Carrollton officials.

Bridges and overpasses in Carrollton, including northbound Interstate 35, are covered in thin sheets of ice even with pre-treatment, officials said.

The city of Carrollton's public works department has crews salting and spreading pre-treatment throughout the city.

City officials are asking residents to avoid being on the roads if possible. 

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Posted by Carrollton, TX - City Government on Wednesday, February 23, 2022

Colleyville

At 2:21 Wednesday, the Colleyville Police Department said one of its officers reported the bridge in the 4500 block of Bedford Rd. was completely iced over. This bridge is north of Little Bear Creek.

Police are asking anyone driving in this direction to please use caution. Police are working with the city's public works officials to treat this bridge.

Dallas

As of 7:49 a.m. Wednesday in Dallas, there had been 18 accidents since midnight, according to the Dallas Fire Department.

As of 10:03 a.m., all managed lanes on LBJ Express were closed due to the winter weather and icy conditions, according to local officials. The closures will be completed by Wednesday afternoon.

At 12:33 p.m., Dallas city officials reported 18 motor vehicle accidents that crews were dealing with at the time, according to Tweets from the Dallas Fire Rescue Traffic account. Six of these accidents happened on the Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway.

Around 1:20 p.m., WFAA crews found many cars turning around on Royal Lane near U.S. Highway 75, with some cars stuck at the top of the hill and others pulled off onto the side of the road.

As of 2 p.m., the Dallas Police Department said it had responded to 96 minor accidents, 136 major accidents and 78 freeway accidents since midnight.

The City of Dallas reported around 4:30 p.m. that there were so many crashes that the city is experiencing a shortage of tow trucks. Dallas police didn't have an exact number on how many crashes it was working, but data provided by the city indicated that police responded to roughly 450 accidents between midnight to 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Police said most were minor. The department urged drivers to slow down. 

Meanwhile, the city's public works crews began scouting road conditions at 6 a.m. They launched "ice force one" and began sanding at noon. They've sanded all DART routes once and will begin sanding all DART routes again around 5 or 6 p.m.

Denton

WFAA crews spotted black ice along the Interstate 35E bridge over Lewisville Lake.

As of 5:45 a.m. Wednesday, eastbound U.S. 380 near Rockhill Road was shut down with a five-vehicle crash, according to the Denton Fire Department. Westbound U.S. 380 was down to one lane. 

The bridge was covered in ice, Denton officials said.

As of 7:55 a.m., all U.S. 380 lanes were open at Rockhill Road. All elevated surfaces were covered in ice, according to the Denton Fire Department.

At 2:45 p.m., the Denton Police Department said it had responded to exactly 100 weather-related crashes since midnight.

As of 4:45 p.m., southbound lanes of I-35 were shut down, and all traffic diverted to 380, because of a seven-vehicle crash at the split, according to the City of Denton Fire Department. It was later reopened around 5:30 p.m.

Fort Worth

Around 7:18 a.m. Wednesday, there was a crash involving multiple 18-wheelers on Interstate 30 in west Fort Worth at Linkcrest Drive. There were minor injuries, according to the Fort Worth Police Department.

MedStar was also responding to a crash on the Interstate 35W overpass to Loop 820 westbound and requesting the ramp be shut down.

As of 7:46 a.m. Wednesday, the North Freeway Tollway (I-35W) Express Lanes had been shut down in both directions, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department. However, I-35W remained open in both directions.

At 1:52 p.m., fire officials said TxDOT would be closing Mark IV Parkway and Interstate 820, which is under a bridge, until at least Thursday afternoon.

The frontage roads are clear and can be used for travel, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department.

At 2:33 p.m., Fort Worth officials announced the city suspended residential waste collections on Wednesday due to worsening road conditions. 

Fort Worth residents with missed collections will be allowed to set out extra bags next week and have them picked up by a separate truck. Solid waste services are continuing to monitor weather conditions. 

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Frisco

At 2:19 p.m., the Frisco Police Department reported its officers had responded to 12 major accidents and 31 minor accidents Wednesday. The majority of the crashes were weather-related, according to police officials. 

Garland

As of 2 p.m., the Garland Police Department said it had responded to just under 60 crashes between 6 a.m. and 12 p.m.

Grapevine

As of 5:18 a.m. Wednesday, Grapevine's bridges and overpasses were covered in ice, according to the Grapevine Police Department. At that time, officers had already responded to four accidents along State Highway 114 and State Highway 121.

Grapevine police tweeted at 7:21 a.m. that the city's main roads and side streets remained drivable. All of the accidents had been on the highways and bridges.

At 12:52 p.m., one of Grapevine police's patrol SUV vehicles was hit by a sliding car on an icy bridge while the officer was outside helping a stranded motorist. No one was hurt in the accident.

Keller

A Keller police officer was working an accident on Hwy. 114 when another vehicle lost control in a slick spot and crashed into his police Tahoe. 

The officer was standing just outside the Tahoe when he saw the car coming, and was able to jump into his vehicle to avoid being hit. While the Tahoe is worse for wear, the Keller Police Department said it is "so thankful that Officer Gentry and the other driver are both safe."

"PLEASE take these road conditions seriously, y'all," the department asked. "They will continue to deteriorate throughout the evening, and thin ice can be hard to see. Slow down, keep your eyes on the road, and keep your distance from other drivers."

McKinney

As of 6:43 a.m. Wednesday, the McKinney Police Department had officers working on multiple accidents city-wide due to deteriorating road conditions. 

U.S. 380 east of the airport was shut down in both directions due to an eight-vehicle crash, police officials said. The highway was later reopened around 7:44 a.m.

Wednesday morning, there was also a bus accident at the long bridge on FM 3286 in between Branch and Lucas, according to the Collin County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were in the process of clearing the area. No children were injured, county officials said.

The McKinney Police Department said between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m., officers responded to four major crashes in the area.

Credit: McKinney Police Department
This is a look at southbound U.S. 75 at Eldorado Parkway with traffic backed up due to a crash in Allen.

Mesquite

On Wednesday, the Mesquite Police and Fire Departments responded to 15 accidents between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m.

As of 2:27 p.m., Mesquite Police didn't have detailed information on how many total vehicles were involved but officials said they do not have any major injuries or fatalities to report. All injuries appear to be minor, according to police.

Newark

Just after 1 p.m., the Wise County Sheriff's Office reported a major wreck on FM 718 at the Tarrant County and Wise County lines near Newark. This is also near Eagle Mountain Lake.

Initial reports indicate the wreck was a head-on collision between a pickup truck and a car. As of 1:30 p.m., the road was still shut down, the sheriff's office said. Icy road conditions continue to be reported in the area.

Plano

As of 9:13 a.m. Wednesday, elevated surfaces were starting to ice, according to City of Plano officials. Public Works crews had been out for hours driving the roads and sanding.

Trees and limbs were also coming down in the morning, Plano officials said. This was a continuation of the impact the area saw two weeks ago.

As of 12:30 p.m., city officials said roads continue to be slick, particularly on elevated surfaces. Plano crews have been sanding, but city officials are asking drivers to be cautious and allow extra time for braking and space between other vehicles.

Plano officials are asking residents who have trees down to call the Public Works main line at 972-769-4140.

Rockwall

Around 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, a cab sheered off and crashed underneath an 18-wheeler on Eastbound IH 30 and FM3549, according to Rockwall Police Chief Max Geron.

As of 9:41 a.m., the jack-knifed 18-wheeler had been cleared. However, a crash on Eastbound IH 30 at Ridge Road in Rockwall has both directions on the highway backed up. Crews were working to clear the roadway and treating the bridges for ice accumulation.

As of 11:10 a.m., all lanes of traffic on IH 30 had been reopened from the morning crashes in Rockwall, police said. Eastbound was flowing well but westbound was still backed up. Bridges and overpasses remain slick so police are asking people to drive with caution in these areas.

Rockwall's officers are also on the roads helping to work with these collisions.

Geron is asking Rockwall drivers to stay home or slow down if they need to be on the road.

Credit: Rockwall Police Chief Max Geron

Southlake

As of 7:49 a.m. Wednesday, Eastbound Highway 114 from Roanoke to Southlake was backed up with traffic, according to the Southlake Department of Public Safety.

The precipitation overnight caused some Southlake roads to build up some ice and become slick, officials said. City workers were sanding Highway 114 and the White Chapel overpass Wednesday morning.

The Southlake Department of Public Safety said officials were not going to list all the accidents, but drivers need to pay attention going anywhere Wednesday and to expect delays.

Credit: Southlake Department of Public Safety

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