Fort Worth 100-vehicle pileup on icy Texas Interstate 35W leaves at least 5 dead, multiple people injured
February 11, 2021
Icy conditions in Texas have led to a massive pile-up on Interstate 35W in Fort Worth involving dozens of vehicles, as authorities urge residents to stay home.
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Fort Worth Police confirmed to Fox News that there were five fatalities and an unknown number of people injured at this time.
The number of vehicles -- including both passenger vehicles and 18-wheelers -- involved is between 70 and 100 at this time, police said, but the number could end up being much higher, as first responders continue to assess the scene. The first crash occurred around 6:15 a.m. Thursday.
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Multiple videos posted on Twitter showed how quickly the icy roads turned a traffic jam into a disaster.
WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO W/ EXPLICIT LANGUAGE
My drive home at 4:30 am black ice and a frozen windshield pic.twitter.com/r4n6Os3aU2— Noah LeGate 🙄 (@NoahFence183) February 11, 2021
YIKES! This pileup on I-35 is one of several examples of the bad road conditions this morning created by that freezing rain. PLEASE stay home if you can. Remote work is nothing new. TxDot and DPS are suggesting you avoid I-20. pic.twitter.com/4whlalNTrt— Cynthia McLaughlin (@cynthiasmu) February 11, 2021
The same conditions that led to the incident have also made it difficult for local agencies to conduct rescue operations. At least 36 people have been transported to the hospital for medical attention in various conditions, Bradley Perez, Fort Worth Police public information officer, told Fox News.
Mike Drivdahl, Fort Worth Fire public information officer, told Fox News that people continue to walk up to rescue workers to report medical events.
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