GALVESTON, TEXAS Icy bridges had police busy Friday morning working about 60 traffic accidents countywide, which forced the temporary closure of some major thoroughfares.

No life-threatening injuries were reported in the county from auto accidents, however.

League City and Texas City police departments each worked 20 accidents. La Marque had 10 and Galveston reported four wrecks on the causeway, including one involving a police car.

Although ice covered the causeway, the bridge connecting the island to the mainland never closed, the Department of Public Safety said.

Galveston police began receiving reports about 4 a.m. of ice forming on the causeway.

Police and state troopers blocked all but one lane of the bridge in both directions. Texas Department of Transportation trucks sanded the bridge s middle lane, and police told drivers to take it slow to avoid losing traction on the ice.

The safety measure resulted in southbound Interstate 45 traffic temporarily backing up to state Highway 6.

The police car hit a patch of ice about 8:30 a.m. in the inbound lanes near 71st Street, and it hit a guardrail. The officer wasn t injured, Galveston police Capt. Jeff Heyse said.

About 11 a.m., police opened two lanes of traffic on the causeway and monitored conditions on the bridge, Galveston police Capt. Joe Pena said.

Ice also forced the closure of Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City, where police worked most of the city s accidents, Police Chief Robert Burby said. The highway was closed for about three hours.

State Highway 146 bridge over Dickinson Bayou was also opened about 11 a.m., but the bridge connecting Kemah and Seabrook opened shortly after noon.

One man had to be rescued from his car when it wrecked on the Kemah bridge, Kemah Assistant Police Chief Greg Rikard said.

He had minor injuries, Rikard said. The bridge was closed for about four hours. Sand trucks couldn t get up the bridge because of the ice.

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