5 deaths, many injured after multiply vehicles collided, including trucks on an icy I-35 in Texas (with video)
Authorities have confirmed five people were killed and dozens more injured Thursday in what firefighters are calling a “mass casualty incident.” It happened on Interstate 35W (I-35) near 28th Street, just north of downtown Fort Worth.
Mike Drivdahl with the Fort Worth Fire Department said firefighters went car to car, looking for people in need of medical care. At least five people had died in the pileup and 36 were hospitalized as of 10:25 a.m. CST, MedStar Mobile Healthcare spokesman Matt Zavadski told KXAS-TV. This was later confirmed by Fort Worth police and fire officials.
As many as 100 vehicles were involved in the pileup, according to Zavadski. Crews said it would “take a lot of time” to clear the damage and are asking people to stay home if possible.
This video out of Fort Worth, TX of the crash on I-35 is horrific. pic.twitter.com/nIXqqKkS7g
— Dan Patrick (@6abcDan) February 11, 2021
“If you don’t have to get out, please don’t get out,” Drivdahl said. “We have a lot of emergency crews doing a lot of work. The last thing we need is people who don’t need to be out getting into any type of accidents.”
Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport reported periods of freezing rain/freezing drizzle between 3 and 7 a.m. Thursday. Rescue crews faced slick conditions and used anything they could — sand, salt and kitty litter — to melt the ice as they triaged patients injured in the crash.
A family reunification location was set up for families to pick up drivers or passengers involved in the pileup. The location is the Riverside Community Center at 3700 East Belknap St., Fort Worth. According to the Texas Department of Transportation’s Drive Texas website, about a half-mile stretch of the highway was still closed as of 1 p.m. Thursday.
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