By Robert Crowe - Express-News
Lopez, stationed in TxDOT's San Antonio office, said officials have to brace for the worst scenario.
“If we didn't do anything,” she said, “and ice begins to form, we would be in trouble.”
No fatalities were reported Tuesday.
It quickly became apparent to traffic investigators that a slippery sheen at each scene may have been the chemical that TxDOT workers had sprayed with the very best intentions.
“We certainly will be willing to look at this isolated incident,” said Mark Cross, TxDOT's spokesman in Austin. “The elements can do tricky things when you use chemicals and can cause unexpected chemical reactions.”
John Perez's Ford Mustang crashed into an Interstate 35 retainer wall as he lost control while changing lanes to avoid another vehicle that veered in front of his car.
“I've been able to straighten my car on wet roads, but this was different,” the 18-year-old said. “It was real slick.”