Rush hour traffic came to a grinding halt Monday morning after a chain-reaction crash involving 21 vehicles. It all started just after 8 a.m. on I-37 near Carbon Plant and McKinzie roads.
"There were numerous different accidents," said Captain Mark Gutierrez of the Corpus Christi Police Department. "So many vehicles involved. There was one accident that occurred that started a chain reaction of separate accidents that occurred right behind it."
At least five people were transported to different hospitals, but all are expected to be okay.
Police said the cause of the accident was speed and wet roads. That section of the road was shut down for over an hour and a half as they tried to clear the scene.
Around that same time, an accident on the southside of town on Rodd Field Road and Graceland Drive, near Yorktown, was also caused in part by rain, according to police.
Traffic investigators said the driver of a blue pickup did not see a grey sport utility vehicle waiting at a red light. He slammed the brakes, but slick roads caused his vehicle to slip, striking the back of the gray SUV.
The driver of the truck received a citation for the accident.
Speed played a large role in many of the accidents that occurred Monday morning, but there are other things drivers should take into consideration, besides just slowing down, that can help prevent an accident next time you are out on wet roads.
Kiii News Reporter Anayeli Ruiz went Live with some times from drivers.
Defensive Driving Instructor Gladys Stephon said that turning on your headlights can help make you visible during bad weather. She said that, many times, people forget to turn them on. Of course, turn on your windshield wipers as well.
Another thing to check on is the pressure of your tires. Making sure they are all properly inflated. That will help prevent you from hydroplaning.
If you do find yourself in a situation where you are hydroplaning, do not press on the breaks. Just grip your steering wheel and steer in the direction of travel that you want to go.
"Basic rules that we need to remember to do," Stephon said. "Very simple, but if we don't follow these simple rules, tragedy can result at the end."
Be aware of other drivers and slow down, and keep your distance from the car in front of you; and of course, do not text while driving.
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