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Weather related accidents, how to stay safe

POSTED: Wednesday, January 25, 2012 - 3:29pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- A deadly day in Central Texas with more than ten accidents in Waco and a fatal accident in Belton.

The driver in Belton struck a tree in the median on US 190 near FM 1670, leaving the backseat passenger dead at the scene and two others sent to the hospital.

Then, on 4th Street in Waco, a man trying to turn suffered from a medical attack, slid and ran into the side of a railing, which kept him from falling into a ditch. The truck then caught fire, but an Waco Animal Control truck came up on the accident and was able to get the man to safety.

But the accidents aren't necessarily the rain that's causing the slick roads....

"When you get that first rain, then it brings all the oils to the surface on pavement, making the pavement slick," Sgt. Patrick Swanton with Waco Police Department said.

Other things to look out for, make sure your car is well maintained, that your tires have enough tread on them and enough air in them. Also check your brakes, because police tell us, if they're having trouble when it's dry, it'll be worse when it's wet on the roads.  

If you find yourself hydro-plaining or slipping on the roads police say don't "over-react."

"Don't slam on the brakes because that's going to cause worse problems, so you just try to steer through that water and get control of your vehicle as quickly as possible," Sgt. Swanton said. 

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