COPY-Icy conditions hit Deep East Texas, 2 wrecks reported on Lufkin loop

Emergency crews responded to several wrecks on Loop 287 early Wednesday morning after the latest round of winter weather blew through Deep East Texas. No injuries were reported.

A pick-up truck pulling a large trailer jack-knifed near the exit ramp for Ford Chapel Road around 6 a.m. Wednesday. The dodge pickup wound up with its front bumper against a guard rail.

The jack-knifed trailer blocked both northbound lanes of traffic, and Lufkin Police officers were diverting northbound traffic onto the Lufkin Avenue feeder road.

Southbound traffic on Loop 287 in that area is being detoured onto the Ford Chapel Road feeder road.

Another wreck occurred on the Atkinson Drive overpass. Northbound traffic is now flowing normally on that portion of the loop.

A KTRE viewer called in a news tip at 7:35 a.m. He said one of the bridges in the river bottom on State Highway 21 West between Nacogdoches and Alto is blocked. Motorists are being turned around and told to take an alternate route.

Texas Department of Transportation has sanding crews out and about treating bridges and overpasses all over Nacogdoches and Angelina counties.

As of 11 a.m., the US 59 connector ramps on the south loop were re-opened.

According to the TxDOT road conditions Web site, ice and snow have been reported on bridges and overpasses all over Nacogdoches and Angelina counties.

The entry for Angelina County states, "Motorists should use caution traveling, especially over bridges and overpasses. Watch for heavy equipment that is out patrolling."

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Deep East Texas Electric Cooperative was reporting that it had approximately ,500 power outages on Nacogdoches, Shelby, and Panola counties, according.

That number was down to approximately 500 DETEC members still without power by 10 a.m. and 100 by 11 a.m., Johnson said.

"Crews are currently working to restore power ias quickly and as safely as possible," Johnson said.

Johnson said DETEC customers who are still experiencing power outages should call 1-800-392-5986.

Oncor is reporting that there are 33 power outages in Nacogdoches, Cherokee, and Rusk counties.

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