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DPS responds to 119 wrecks due to snow and ice

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Amarillo, TX - More than one hundred wrecks kept troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety extremely busy Saturday night.

Troopers responded to 119 accidents due to Saturday night's weather. Some were wrecks involving multiple vehicles, others were simply just to assist drivers that were stuck on the side of the road.

At several points in the night, DPS actually exhausted every bit of its manpower, forcing troopers to have to prioritize which accidents they responded to first.

"We actually ran out of manpower a couple times because we were working so many crashes we couldn't get back to the ones that were stranded," said DPS Trooper Chris Ray. "So all in all, between our troopers and our communications operators, we put in some really long hours trying to make sure everybody was safe and taken care of."

Although conditions aren't expected to be as bad in the coming days, DPS advises drivers to keep at least half a tank of gas in their car, food and water, and some blankets in case of a wreck or backed up traffic due to more accidents.