Waco: Multiple crashes reported, flyovers shut down

The jack-knifed 18-wheeler on one of the I-35/Loop 340 flyovers (photo by: Greg Crosby)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Waco police are warning drivers to stay safe as weather conditions continue to worsen roads Sunday evening.

Shortly after 4 p.m., the department shared a Facebook post warning that they had received as many as 6 calls for crashes in as little as 30 minutes.

One such call is a jack-knifed 18-wheeler at the top of one of the flyovers connecting I-35 and Loop 340.

Because of the icy conditions at the top of both bridges, both flyovers have now been shut down.

Drivers are urged to seek alternate routes and to avoid bridges whenever possible.

As of 5 p.m., Waco police are working at least 11 crash scenes in Waco, including the following:
-E. Waco Drive on the bridge over the Brazos River
-N. MLK Blvd. and Herring Ave. on the bridge
-The flyover on S. Loop 340 and U.S. 77
-Lake Shore Dr. and Greenleaf Dr.
-Exit 338A on northbound I-35
-The bridge on Washington Ave. in downtown Waco
-Highway 6 near Imperial Dr. with traffic blocked

Traffic is being diverted around the accident on the E. Waco Drive bridge as of writing.

Additionally, traffic resulting from the crash on I-35 is being diverted towards Exit 337A.

In the event drivers hit ice, Waco police shared the following tips to avoid wrecks during winter weather:

1) Accelerate and decelerate slowly.
2) Drive slow if you have to get out and drive at all.
3) The normal dry pavement following distance of three to four
seconds should be increased to eight to ten seconds.
4) Know your the condition of your vehicle as far as tires and
brakes, if they are "below par" then try to avoid having to use
that vehicle.
5) Don't stop abruptly if you can avoid it.
6) Don't power up hills.
7) Don't stop while driving up a hill, you may find that you could
roll backwards faster than you were moving up the hill.
8) Stay home unless absolutely necessary.