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Texas National Guard Says No Serious Injuries Resulted from Overnight Icing in Texas

Aired December 28, 2000 - 4:03 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: And on the line with us now, Lieutenant Colonel Alex Korzenewski with the Texas National Guard.

Lieutenant, how is it going out there?

LT. COL. ALEX KORZENEWSKI, TEXAS NATIONAL GUARD: Great. This afternoon, most of the ice has melted on I-20. There are still a few accidents that are backing up traffic along Eastland as a result of some truck drivers, probably getting a little overconfident a little too soon, and they had some late-morning accidents out there which has traffic continued to be blocked.

We saw one traffic jam that basically was about 10 miles long along the interstate bordering Eastland, Texas. But the road conditions have improved quite rapidly, and should -- should be pretty passable throughout the night. Of course, overpasses and bridges will remain frozen probably through the night. But the interstate itself is in pretty good shape.

WATERS: When did the get the call, and what was your job after you got the call?

KORZENEWSKI: Well, quite frankly, we got the call this morning around 2:15. We rolled out of Abilene at 7:15 and the interstate from Abilene to Eastland was quite treacherous. So, it took us a quite a while to get to Ranger, and by the time we got to Ranger, most of the crisis had abated. The local fire department and the highway patrol and the local police and sheriffs had the situation well in their hands. So, we just basically controlled the area and checked things out and just patrolled back from Ranger here to Abilene and we just arrived back from Abilene.

WATERS: No emergencies; nobody got hurt?

KORZENEWSKI: We do not see any serious injuries. Along the way, of course, just dozens of trucks were jack-knifed along the interstate. Again, some causing some significant backup in traffic, but all in all, it was fairly uneventful.

WATERS: All right. Good job.

KORZENEWSKI: Yes, sir.

WATERS: Good job. Lieutenant Colonel Alex Korzenewski with the Texas National Guard.

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