The polar vortex led to icy Austin roadways—and traffic collisions—Thursday morning.
Austin-Travis County EMS and Austin Fire first reported a 26-car pileup on North State Highway 45, near Parmer Lane, around 8:20 a.m. EMS reports 32 people were involved in the accident with at least one serious injury and four people transported from the scene to St. David's Hospital in Round Rock.
26 car pileup at FM620 and SH 45. These are the cars that remain. #atx #kxan pic.twitter.com/pARPXf4vRr
— Nick Bannin (@nickbannin) February 11, 2021
Drivers are encouraged to avoid the area.
Texas Department of Transportation crews are treating major roads and bridges but some ice is still forming, with trouble spots mostly clustered north and west of Austin.
The latest snapshot from https://t.co/FA8rsTh6VJ. Trouble spots are mainly north and west of Austin. Crews are treating, but please slow down and prepare for slick roadways. #TxDOTwx #BeSafeDriveSmart #KnowBeforeYouGo #EndTheStreakTX pic.twitter.com/c7D77l3Pfy
— TxDOT Austin (@TxDOTAustin) February 11, 2021
Austin drivers are not the only ones facing winter weather conditions. At least five were confirmed dead and dozens more injured after a 75-plus vehicle pileup left drivers trapped on I-35 just north of downtown Fort Worth Thursday morning, according to NBC DFW.
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