VIDEO: Truck flips after hitting ice on Hwy. 290

(Jonathan Bonilla/ReportIt)
(Jonathan Bonilla/ReportIt)

Another icy day on Austin roadways meant it was another long day for local authorities as they responded to hundreds of crashes.

Officers in Austin reported to more than 270 crashes between 5 a.m. and noon Tuesday.

Lawyer Jonathan Bonilla usually has his dash cam rolling while he’s riding, and Tuesday morning was no different.

“I could see that guy coming up and I just knew he was going too fast,” said Bonilla.

Bonilla says he was only going about 35 mph driving from Dripping Springs on U.S. Highway 290 towards Austin when an icy collision unfolded before his eyes. His dash cam caught the entire crash after the truck sped past him going about 60 mph he said.

Bonilla sent the clip to the ReportIt@kxan.com.

“He lost control spun up hit an embankment and flipped over,” Bonilla said, “I’m sure it’s a total loss.”

But one mans total loss, is another man’s total gain.

Over at the Ellis and Salazar Body Shop, their phone lines were busy and business had doubled since last Friday with hundreds of drivers needing serious body work repair.

“Ice damage seems to be more severe just because when you put the brakes on, you don’t stop,” said manager Rick Farmer.

From fender-benders to rollovers, the cars keep rolling in. And the repairs are not cheap jobs.

“Anywhere from $1,000 on up,” Farmer said. “And obviously, a rollover, that’s going to be a total loss in most cases.”

For Bonilla, his normal morning commute came with a spin out and a lesson.

“When they’re warning you of icy conditions, you just got to drop the speed considerably.”

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