TYLER, Texas (KETK) – Highway 69 in Cherokee County “is completely impassable,” Sheriff Brent Dickson said Wednesday.
DPS has shut down Highway 69 south of Rusk. Sleet was also reported in the county.
Road conditions “worsened overnight and now have an icy layer on top of the snow,” said an announcement from the county. “Our roads will continue to become impassable today as we receive sleet and snow mix.”
Dickson said wrecks on the highway include 18-wheelers that have jackknifed and are blocking portions of the heavily traveled highway.
“This started here about 9:00, we had two 18-wheelers jackknifed in the roadway and a second one stuck below them, and multiple cars stuck on the road,” Dickson said.
Many truckdrivers are essential employees carrying important supplies.
“Its a vital part of our community,” Dickson said. “Our truckers, we rely on them to get our produce to the stores. We need them to make it.”
TxDOT is working on making the roadways safe to drive again by using a mixture of rock and salt on the roads.
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