Light snowfall and icy roadways caused a busy 24-hour period for Waco police on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.

Between 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 5 p.m. on New Year’s Day, police were called to 35 vehicle crashes throughout the city, Swanton said. Patchy snowfall and chilly temperatures likely contributed to many of the traffic incidents, including several multi-car crashes on overpasses and flyovers on New Year’s Eve, he said.

“That is a lot of crashes,” Swanton said. “We had the fireworks calls, disturbances and multiple gun calls, but it is what we usually have over the holiday.”

Below-freezing temperatures on New Year’s Eve likely caused a lot of residents to stay indoors, he said. Regional law enforcement officials warned motorists over the holiday about the danger of overpasses becoming icy before other road surfaces.

A trace amount of snowfall was measured at the Waco Regional Airport overnight on New Year’s Eve, with a precipitation total of .01 inches, according to the National Weather Service. Waco experienced a mixture of precipitation during the holiday, including mist and drizzle.

No serious injuries were reported in the traffic crashes in Waco, and no other serious incidents were reported to police, Swanton said. He said the police call volume was up but not beyond a typical New Year’s holiday.

“It was busy, and certainly the weather added to our busyness,” he said. “But it was the standard for the New Year’s celebration.”

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

Recommended for you