6 killed in vehicles pileup on icy Texas interstate

6 killed in 130-vehicle pileup on icy Texas interstate
Vehicles are piled up after a fatal crash on Interstate 35 near Fort Worth, Texas on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. Source: AP
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Daily US Times: A massive crash involving more than 130 vehicles on an icy Texas interstate left six people dead and dozens of others injured on Thursday amid a winter storm that dropped freezing rain, sleet and snow on parts of the US.

At the scene of the crash on Interstate 35 near downtown Fort Worth, a tangle of semitrailers, trucks and cars had smashed into each other and had turned every which way, with some vehicles on top of others.

Fort Worth Fire Chief Jim Davis said: “There were multiple people that were trapped within the confines of their vehicles and requiring the use of hydraulic rescue equipment to successfully extricate them.”

Matt Zavadsky, spokesman for MedStar, which provides the ambulance service for the area, said that at least 65 people were treated at hospitals, with 36 of them taken by ambulance from the scene, including three with critical injuries.

He said numerous others were treated at the scene and released.

The crash happened about 6 a.m., as many hospital and emergency workers were heading to and from work, so some of those involved were emergency responders and health care workers, including police officers, officials said.

Zavadsky said: “We did see a large number of people that were victims of this accident that were in scrubs, that had hospital IDs on … in some cases, our folks would know those folks.”

Neil Noakes, Fort Worth police Chief, said three officers were en route to work when they were injured in the crash, and one officer was injured while working the scene.

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