Icy roads cause dangerous conditions on Highway 290


by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News


Posted on January 24, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Updated Saturday, Jan 25 at 12:02 AM

HOUSTON -- Travel time from the Heights to the Spring Cypress area on 290 was about two hours Friday morning.

One of two buses loaded with tourists slid into an SUV.

"He tried to stop but he ended up hitting my brand new car. I have my two dogs (inside)," said SUV owner Chasity Downes.

On the bus were folks taking a haunted house tour. They criticized their driver.

"We told him to go the other direction and we slid into the car," said tourist Kayla Boroski.

No one was injured.

Along I-10 an SUV almost went down an embankment, if not for a sapling.

An 18 wheeler on 290 near Pinemont hit a wall hard. A van spun around on 290 eastbound at Bingle and nearly went over the wall.

At 290 and N. Gessner police shut down the freeway. An officer tested it by doing what's called power stops.

He slammed on his brakes hard to see if his car would skid. It did not so he re-opened the lanes.

The Beltway 8 ramps from 290 were closed. That's when some drivers created their own exit ramps.