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Icy conditions cause of wrecks Saturday in DeWitt, Lavaca counties

By Sonny Long
Dec. 9, 2013 at 6:09 a.m.


CUERO - Vehicles crashed at the rate of almost two an hour for 15 hours Saturday night into Sunday in DeWitt County.

Deputies responded to 28 wrecks during this time frame, Sheriff Jode Zavesky said Monday.

All but two of the reported crashes were single vehicle, five people were injured and transferred to local hospitals, and 14 vehicles had to be towed, Zavesky said.

None of the injuries appeared to be life-threatening, said the sheriff.

The wrecks took place between 5:45 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday, 11 of them before 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

"We had to call in two additional deputies to handle the calls," Zavesky said.

"Another trouble spot was the two-hour wait for wrecker service. They were stretched thin, so our deputies had to stay on scene for longer periods of time.

"We also had additional dispatch personnel for a time."

Most accidents were attributed to ice on bridges. Only a few involved vehicles sliding off the roadways with no bridge involved, said the sheriff.

In Lavaca County, nine crashes were reported to the sheriff's office during the same time frame, said Sheriff Micah Harmon.

The National Weather Service reported a low temperature of 33 in Victoria just before midnight Saturday with only a trace of rain.

The high temperature Saturday was 35 degrees, 33 below normal.

It was 84 on Dec. 7 in 2012.

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