Thursday’s powerful winter storm has proven fatal for at least one person after an Interstate 10 crash, according to the Kerrville Police Department.
A big-rig tractor-trailer couldn’t slow down fast enough on the westbound side of Interstate 10, just inside Kerrville city limits, before the Sidney Baker Street exit. The tractor-trailer flipped onto its side and slid on the icy roadway into a Ford F-350 pickup truck.
One of the two pickup passengers died Friday morning at Peterson Regional Medical Center, police said. The other passenger remains in critical condition.
The crash happened at about 9:30 p.m.
Interstate 10, just west of Harper Road, was a standstill through the Texas Hill Country on Friday due to icy roads and traffic crashes.
Kerrville Police are conducting an investigation into the accident. This investigation is in its early stages. At this time there will be no charges pending for the driver of the tractor-trailer, as it appears road conditions at the time of the accident were a major contributing factor.
The accident, along with other jackknifed big rigs, made a mess of Interstate 10, backing up the freeway for miles in both directions from Junction all the way to Comfort. Kerr County Sheriff Larry Leitha said a bulk of his deputies spent the night dealing with crashes.
“The Interstate was a mess,” Leitha said via text message to The Lead.
The police department urged people to drive sparingly after responding to at least five weather-related crashes on Thursday night — alll on the freeway. KPD and the Kerrville Fire Department responded to 33 calls over the past 24 hours.
Kerrville Fire Department also responded to a fall with broken bones on Fridauy morning.