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Sweetwater Fire Chief warns of slick roads after deadly crash on I-20

NOLAN COUNTY, Texas (KTAB) - Sweetwater Fire Chief Grant Madden is warning drivers to be careful after a deadly wreck in Nolan County Wednesday morning.

"Be very very careful and don't be afraid to slow down," he tells KTAB News.

Chief Madden worked six wrecks before noon Wednesday, one of those deadly.

"There was a road construction worker out surveying a diesel leak from a previous wreck," Chief Madden says. "A tractor-trailer lost control on the interstate and ran over one of them."

All of these crashes happening near the same location, near mile marker 249, where construction has been ongoing and the weather, not helping.

"The road where they've been paving," Chief Madden says. "One of the sections is extremely slick due to just the water. It's not ice, it's not frozen. It's just wet."

Chief Madden tells KTAB News tractor-trailer rigs seem to be having the most trouble on the slick interstate, especially "empty trucks."

"As they pass us and just accelerate out," he explains. "They're actually losing traction trying to just drive away."

He advises drivers during these conditions, it's important to stay alert and careful.

"It is extremely slick," he says. "This section of the interstate is very very wet, very very slick."

The driver of the truck in that deadly crash was taken to Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. Chief Madden tells KTAB News he was transporting packages from Amazon.



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