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Icy roads result in 12-car pileup, growing number of accidents

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As a layer of ice sits on Austin Thursday morning, Austin-Travis County EMS reports there have been 45 traffic accidents since midnight as of almost 9 a.m.; 13 of the accidents have been rollover collisions.

One of the crashes included a 12-car pileup at FM 620 bypass near Briar Hollow Drive before 7 a.m. No injuries have been reported.

Yesterday evening, as a single-vehicle crash was cleared on the flyover along eastbound State Highway 71 to northbound S. State Highway 130, 10 vehicles were stuck in ice on the highway. The roadway was sanded and reopened in about an hour.

Some roads have been closed as of Thursday morning due to ice. Officials are asking Austinites to stay off the roads if they can today. To check road conditions ahead of your drive, click here.


Tesla says it will preempt "recall" with a software update pushed to affected vehicles


Tesla is not recalling almost 1.1 million vehicles because windows may close with excessive force and pinch a driver or passenger, according to a Tesla filing, which says the windows' automatic reversal system may not react correctly after detecting an obstruction.

The Austin company's internal testing revealed the issue in August. Tesla filed a "Part 573 Safety Recall Report" with the NHTSA identifying the issues, outlining a "recall plan," and listing affected models and years, including "certain vehicles":

  • Model S 2021-2022
  • Model 3 2017-2022
  • Model X 2021-2022
  • Model Y 2020-2022 (including some that were made in the Austin factory)
Instead of requiring vehicles to be serviced in-person, Tesla is pushing a software fix via an OTA (over the air) update. Similar to the process of an iPhone update, Tesla periodically modifies its vehicles' software systems with fixes and enhancements.

Owner notification letters are expected to be mailed Nov. 15.

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