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Frozen Roads Cause Hundreds of Crashes in One Day

By: Julia Deng
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - A total of 109 accidents kept Midland Police busy on Tuesday, while Odessa officials responded to approximately 35 crashes within city limits during the evening.

More than 20 of those occurred within one hour, according to Odessa Police spokesman Steve LeSueur.

"I've never seen this many [accidents] within such a short time period," he said. "We're encouraging everybody to stay off the roads today."

An arctic front slammed the Basin Monday night, bringing freezing rain and leaving a sheet of ice over almost every road in the area.

LeSueur described the "very icy conditions" as being "extremely dangerous" for drivers in any type of vehicle.

A rollover accident on Highway 191 and Faudree Road left a pick-up truck overturned.

The two occupants were rushed to the hospital, with the passenger sustaining non-life threatening injuries.

Odessa Police were unable to release the identity and condition of the driver.

Meanwhile, half a dozen vehicles collided on the overpass above Highway 191 and Loop 250 in Midland.

No serious injuries were reported.

Another pile-up - also involving six vehicles - stopped traffic on I-20, east of Stanton.

Witnesses said one car flipped in the eastbound lanes and another "rolled all the way over into the westbound lanes."

Officials could not confirm how many resulting injuries were reported.

According to Odessa Police, road conditions "will continue to be horrible" overnight and through Thursday.

They said "the usual New Year's Eve drunk driving" is an additional concern.

"We're expecting the next 24 hours to be very dangerous," LeSueur told NewsWest 9. "So if possible, especially Thursday night, try to stay indoors."

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