People cope with blast of winter weather hitting the Big Country
ABILENE, Texas —
Icy roads and freezing rain are a recipe for disaster in the Big Country.
A truck went airborne and flipped over another vehicle on Danville Drive in south Abilene on Wednesday morning.
The driver of the truck was luckily able to walk away from the wreck and another driver saw the entire incident unfold.
"Look at my hands, I'm just glad everybody is OK," said the witness.
One driver KTXS talked to felt safe driving in a heavy, weighted down truck.
"I have a lot more traction, it's about more weight put down," said the driver.
Many people scraped ice off of their windshields on Wednesday morning, including Jonathon Reddish, who used his debit card as an ice scraper.
"Better than nothing," said Reddish.
At Lowe's, rock salt was flying off of the shelves, and by noon on Wednesday, hundreds of bags of rock salt had already been sold.
Lowe's got prepared for Wednesday's ice storm by pre-ordering hundreds of bags of rock salt.
Over at the Sheppard Collision Center, bad weather means big business for the auto body industry.
"Lot's of phone calls and it's crazy busy," said the owner of Sheppard Collision Center.
Many businesses in the Big Country closed down or let their employees go home early on Wednesday.
Law enforcement agencies were so busy with responding to crashes that they had to put extra police officers on patrol.
The Abilene Police Department had some potentially lifesaving advice for anybody thinking about driving on Wednesday evening or Thursday.
"Too fast for conditions, cannot be understated enough, you just need to slow down," said Assistant Abilene Police Chief Doug Wrenn.