Holiday Traffic Starts Off With Tragedy in the Coastal Bend

REFUGIO–A tragic accident on Highway 77 in the Coastal Bend, killed one person and injured two others on the first day of the long Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.

DPS reports it’s at the Victoria and Refugio County line and the person who died was from Corpus Christi. It involved two cars around Noon and shut down the northbound part of Highway 77, while the southbound lane was used for two way traffic.

Drivers are expected to hit the roads this holiday weekend and authoriteis expected it will be a busy weekend in the Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley.

Because of that, they will have extra law enforcement officers from DPS to local police officers patrolling to make sure people aren’t driving drunk or breaking traffic laws.

They are encouraging people to find a desinated driver and use other means of transportation, if you have had too much to drink.

In Corpus Christi, police officers will be focusing on drunk drivers around the downtown areas. Through their Drive Sober Campaign. They will have more officers around town to look for the drunk drivers.

They also will be watching the shopping areas around the La Palmer Mall. They’ll be out there to encourage safety among drivers and looking to reduce crime. They plan to mann the mall with extra officers to stop thefts and auto burglaries, while people are Christmas shopping.

One other thing, while the weather may hit the 90’s on Thanksgiving Day, a cold front will start rolling in Thursday night. You might see some showers with it. On Friday night, meterologists are expect the first freeze of the year.

So with the rain and the possible icy conditions, officers warn travelers need to be careful and watch their speed with the change in tempature.

–Manuel De La Rosa, South Texas Tribune, southtexastribune@gmail.com

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