Texas drivers stranded on highway after 18-wheeler crash

A semi-truck jackknifed on Interstate 10 near Terminal 504 just outside Kerrville around 5 p.m. Thursday afternoon, causing a complete traffic stoppage for more than 18 hours.

Hello Kerr County! It’s 21 degrees near our Kerrville office right now, and probably colder in lower areas…

posted by Kerr County Sheriff’s Office to Friday, February 4, 2022

Kerr County Public Information Officer J Clint Morris said there were many 18-wheelers that couldn’t climb the grades just west of Kerrville due to the increased grade of the road.

“They’re partially going up the hill and they can’t go on,” Morris said. “It’s bumper to bumper out there right now and it’s probably going to be hours before it clears.”

He said the Texas Department of Transportation is to stabilize the road condition enough for a heavy tow truck to move the tractor-trailer off the highway. Roads in Kerr County have re-frozen since yesterday and temperatures are expected to remain low for the next 24 hours, he added.

“It’s going to be a long day on the freeway. We really encourage people to stay off the roads,” Morris said.

Drivers get out of their vehicles and interact with each other. Morris had no knowledge of people being alone or stuck inside their car.

“At this point we don’t have a major concern that people can’t communicate,” Morris said. “I’m sure it’s uncomfortable for a lot of these people. Some have been there for at least 12 to 18 hours, others maybe longer.”

There is eastbound movement on I-10.

Prior to the crash, Morris used his computer skills to create a movie poster parody for freezing weather conditions.

“Our eating during these emergencies is unconventional and we tend to use humor more than others,” Morris said.

This was the second poster he did for the winter snowstorm last year as well. He said the main purpose of the posters is to draw as much attention as possible to the information in the Facebook post and that tends to get the job done.

“We’re people too and we all deal with the same things. It’s a public safety function and a way to communicate with people,” Morris said.

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