As storms pound southern portions of the US up to the midwest, killing at least 11 people, two Texas first responders were killed on Saturday and another was injured after they were hit by a vehicle while working the scene of a traffic accident during icy conditions resulting from severe weather that moved through the area.
WNYT News Channel 13 reports the first responders were at the scene of two separate accidents on Interstate 27 around 8:30 a.m. in Lubbock, when a vehicle traveling southbound crossed into the median and hit two Lubbock firefighters and one Lubbock police officer.
Severe storms that swept across parts of the U.S. South on Friday night and Saturday resulted in snow in the Lubbock area as well as icy roadways.
The police officer – 27-year-old Officer Nicholas Reyna – died at the scene. He had been with the police department for one year.
Two firefighters – 39-year-old Lt. David Hill and 30-year-old Matthew Dawson – were transported to a local hospital.
Hill was pronounced dead at the hospital. Dawson was listed in critical condition and was taken into surgery.
Lubbock Police Chief Floyd Mitchell said when road conditions get bad due to weather, drivers need to “slow down. They need to understand the road conditions are dangerous. We have people out there trying to protect them.”
11 people are reported dead as storms pound the southern portion of the
The Oklahoma Department of Transportation reported that portions of several highways in the eastern part of the state remained closed Saturday afternoon due to flooding or flood damage.
The Iowa State Patrol said roads were caked with ice early Saturday when a semitrailer on Interstate 80 overturned, killing a passenger in the truck east of Iowa City.
The National Weather Service in Shreveport said a tornado with winds of around 135 mph had touched down in Bossier Parish. Drone footage showed smashed buildings, a large vehicle flipped on its side, toppled trees and debris scattered over a large area.
The weather service issued a winter weather advisory, flood watch and lakeshore flood warning for the Chicago metropolitan area for Saturday and a winter storm warning for adjacent areas of northwestern Illinois.