Houston police advise drivers to reduce their speed and leave early for their destinations to avoid losing control on the ice-slicked roads after a series of accidents around the area.
The hard freeze Tuesday night was blamed for a broken sprinkler system that spewed water onto a southeast Houston street. The water froze during the night and covered the pavement at the 2700 block of Genoa Red Bluff in ice, causing several cars to spin out and a pickup truck to roll over on its roof.
Another rollover accident at the same location occurred less than half an hour later.
Alen Adams, one of the two drivers involved in the rollover accidents, told a local TV station his vehicle is “probably totaled.”
“It just got underneath and I started sliding,” said Adams. “I guess I just looked past it, and you can’t avoid it.”
Another series of accidents occurred near Greenway Plaza at Westheimer and Weslayan. A thick sheet of ice covered the busy intersection, causing cars to lose traction and collide with each other.
“I couldn’t stop. I had my feet on the brakes and my car just slid into her,” accident victim Diana Brown told a local TV station.
Another set of ice-related accidents occurred at Richmond and Audley, just blocks away from Greenway Plaza. A ruptured pipe spilled dozens of gallons of water onto the street. When the water froze overnight, the pavement resembled an ice rink. A similar scenario occurred at Memorial Drive and Crestwood, on the east side of Memorial Park.