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Icy spots take morning commuters by surprise

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Even though the snow and sleet are all gone, motorists still need to be cautious thanks to this morning's below-freezing temperatures.

Two accidents happened in the same spot within hours of each other in Dallas: in both cases, vehicles traveling northbound on the Central Expressway hit a patch of ice near Mockingbird Lane.

"There is a drainage pipe built into the retaining wall there, and overnight, water trickled down to the freeway," said FOX 4 traffic reporter Chip Waggoner. "When that water freezes, it can take drivers by surprise."

About 6 a.m., one car struck another and slid into the wall. The same thing happened about 2 a.m. earlier in the same area to an SUV driver. That person was taken to the hospital with injuries.

Shortly after the 6 a.m. accident was cleared, a city of Dallas sand truck was on the scene to try to make the area less slippery.

A similar accident also happened about 6:15 a.m. . on the LBJ freeway (I-635) westbound at Josey. A car spun into a temporary retaining wall and blocked traffic.

For up-to-the-minute traffic updates, follow Chip Waggoner at www.twitter.com/ChipWaggoner.




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