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HPD Urges Those in Accidents to Stay in Vehicles

February 4, 2011 - Houston police are asking motorists involved in traffic accidents that disable their vehicles in the icy conditions to call 9-1-1 and remain in their vehicles until a police officer or wrecker driver arrives at the scene.

One man, 30, was killed earlier today after he got out of his disabled vehicle and sat on a guardrail on the East Freeway overpass near Federal Road. He was struck as a result of two trucks that slid in the icy conditions.

With freezing weather expected throughout tonight and into tomorrow morning, HPD urges citizens to refrain from driving, especially on highways or overpasses, unless they absolutely have to.

HPD officers responded to about 750 traffic accidents in the city from 10 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 3) until 11 a.m. today. Thus far, the only accident resulting in a fatality was the pedestrian on the East Freeway.

For additional information, please contact the HPD Public Affairs Division at 713-308-3200.