More than 300 crashes reported in Central Texas


by and KVUE News

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 7:12 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 7:20 PM

AUSTIN -- Icy roads have caused more than 300 crashes around Central Texas.

Police said Tuesday morning that they have responded to 274 crashes since midnight. About 137 of those happened after 7 a.m. Chief Art Acevedo says it appears about 40 wrecks are happening every hour. Two patrol units were reportedly rear-ended.

Austin-Travis County EMS crews reported 100 collisions between 5 a.m. and noon. Around 6:15 a.m. they responded to a 20-car collision on MoPac near Parmer Lane. Most of the wrecks earlier in the morning occurred in Northwest Austin near MoPac and U.S. 183.

Around 7:15 a.m. there was a crash in Leander that involved a school bus hitting a guard rail. Seven students were on board. There have been no reports of injuries.

Round Rock says there were 70 accidents reported between 6 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. At least three of them involved police cars.

Williamson County police say they responded to 40 accidents, with four requiring patients to be transported to area hospitals.

Pflugerville police say they have had 23 collisions since 5 a.m.

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