Ice Causes Dangerous Driving Conditions
POSTED: Friday, January 4, 2013 - 1:35pm
UPDATED: Monday, January 7, 2013 - 8:24pm
EL PASO — The winter storm has brought record snowfall to El Paso. On Friday, it brought ice which caused dangerous conditions for drivers early in the morning and into the afternoon.
"It's pretty slippery and dangerous," said driver Jose Hernandez.
Icy roads caused cars to skid out of control.
"People here in El Paso… they don't know how to drive on the snow," said driver Alejandro Jacquez.
But sometimes even driving safely can't help you against black ice.
In the Lower Valley, eight cars piled up on Loop 375 and Fonseca at about 3:30 a.m. Friday. The Loop was closed for four hours as police officers and firefighters worked to clean up the mess. Two women were taken to hospitals.
In far east El Paso one car flipped over on George Dieter and Montana at about 2:30 a.m. Friday. No one was injured.
Snow covered some cars as they took to the morning commute.
Hernandez works with a plumbing company and said driving safely on icy roads is even more critical when you're driving a big vehicle.
"They tell us to keep our distance and drive safely and especially (in) our big trucks. The break system is different than normal cars," said Hernandez.
Drivers we talked to all agree on several things.
"Pay more attention to the roads," said Hernandez.
"What I recommend is they just drive slow because they're awful," said driver Berenice Urbina.