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Troopers Respond To About 20 Accidents In Texas Panhandle

AMARILLO (December 22, 2013) Driving conditions have improved in the Texas Panhandle and officers have reopened two main roadways that were closed for part of the weekend after a series of accidents resulting from icy conditions.

Sunday morning the Texas Department of Public Safety reopened U.S. 287 north of Amarillo and Interstate 40 west to the New Mexico border.

Senior Trooper Chris Ray says a 45-mile stretch of U.S. 287 northbound from Amarillo to Dumas was closed Saturday after about 20 traffic accidents.

Nobody was killed in the accidents, in which icy conditions played a role.

Ray say I-40 was closed earlier Sunday but later reopened with a DPS warning to drivers about using caution and watching for slick spots.

The National Weather Service says freezing conditions should ease late Sunday in the Amarillo area and temperatures in the upper 40s are expected Monday.


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