15 Cars, 2 Semis Slide Off U.S. 75 in Collin County

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(NBC 5 News) A snowstorm that closed schools and halted traffic across North Texas is being blamed for 15 cars and two tractor-trailers sliding off U.S. Highway 75 in Melissa, north of Dallas, Friday morning.

As many as 40 vehicles were initially reported to have slipped off the slick highway, some of them crashing into each other, between Melissa and Throckmorton roads. At about 1 p.m., two hours after the crashes were reported, NBC 5 confirmed with officials that only 15 cars and two tractor-trailers were involved.

Initial reports from The Texas Department of Transportation said no injuries were reported, but NBC 5 has learned two people were hospitalized for minor injuries.

Collin County officials told NBC 5 that the crashes were caused by separate collisions where drivers lost control of their vehicles and not one large pileup.

NBC 5 viewer Dennis Day told NBC 5 he saw at least one car that had been struck multiple times.

Southbound U.S. Highway 75 is closed due to the dangerous conditions; the northbound lanes are open.

In Fort Worth, officials closed the Interstate 30 and Interstate 35W Mixmaster due to road conditions. As of 1 p.m., the Fort Worth Police Department has responded to 340 traffic calls.

Crash totals for other areas of North Texas impacted by winter weather are not yet known.

Several inches of snow began falling in North Texas after 8 a.m. Friday. The winter weather has covered roadways, making driving treacherous. Drivers are urged to use extreme caution.
Many school districts have announced early release and closures Friday, including some who have suspended bus service.

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