A pileup involving more than 100 vehicles killed at least six people, injured dozens more and brought traffic on a treacherous Texas interstate to a halt, officials said Thursday.
“This is a major catastrophe in our city,” Fort Worth fire spokesman Mike Drivdahl said of the ice-related crash on Interstate 35.
Thirty-six people were taken to hospitals with varying degrees of injuries, Drivdahl said. Authorities had to use Jaws of Life equipment to pry vehicles open and free people trapped inside.
NBC News correspondent Morgan Chesky tweeted a video of cranes’ being used to lift vehicles from on top of one another.
An earlier video posted to social media shows a tractor-trailer sliding at high speed into traffic. The crash led to others and sent some vehicles into the air.
The pileup occurred as freezing rain and sleet overnight caused dangerous driving conditions during the height of the morning commute. Fort Worth was under a winter weather advisory through midday, according to the National Weather Service.
Across the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, icy weather caused accidents overnight.
Police in nearby Arlington said they responded to 82 crashes before 9 a.m., and in Dallas, three people were killed and another person was hospitalized in critical condition in two separate collisions around midnight, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reported.
Jay Varela and Nicole Duarte contributed.