On Tuesday, Houston, like most of the South, experienced a winter storm that left ice on roads throughout the area. Area residents were warned to stay off the roads but some, either due to need or due to recklessness, braved the roads anyway. The result was hundreds of wrecks reported on Houston area roads on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Tragically, some of the wrecks were fatal. On the Gulf Freeway near Dixie Farm Road Tuesday night, one two-car collision led to a driver getting out of his car to check on the damage. Minutes later, another accident happened, and a vehicle from that accident spun out of control and hit the driver who had gotten out of his car, killing him.
The same night, another person was killed in a two-car wreck on SH 105 in Montgomery County near Cut and Shoot. There, a pickup truck hit a patch of ice and skidded into oncoming traffic. The truck collided with an SUV, killing the driver of the truck.
In Sugar Land, an 18-wheeler trying to avoid another accident lost control, jack-knifed, and fell off an overpass, landing on a car below. The driver of the 18-wheeler and the car both survived, thankfully, with no serious injuries reported from the frightening wreck.
Roads remained icy as of Wednesday afternoon. If you have to be on the roads during icy conditions, use extreme caution. The life you save may be your own.