FORT WORTH, TX – Six people were killed, dozens were injured, and more than 130 vehicles were involved in a winter-weather accident in Fort Worth this morning.
According to The Washington Post, the DFW Scanner, and the Fort Worth Fire Department, the crash happened at 1601 North Freeway at about 6 a.m.
Preliminary information on MCI in Fort Worth. More info will be released later. At least 100 vehicles involved, 5 fatalities, 36 transported to local hospitals. #yourFWFD continues to work the incident and will be on scene for several hours. pic.twitter.com/DUtRJFKSI9
— Fort Worth Fire Department (@FortWorthFire) February 11, 2021
Described by the FWFD as a mass casualty event, the massive pileup resulted in the deaths of six people. More than 60 other victims were taken to the hospital for various injuries.
Multiple victims were trapped in their cars for hours in the frigid weather, which raised concerns of hypothermia.
Over a dozen 18-wheelers were involved in the accident, and over 100 passenger vehicles, many of which were reduced to mangled metal wreckage.
Traffic was impacted for about eight miles on the highway, with all lanes of the interstate closed for traffic.
Slick, frozen roadways likely played a major role in the crash. The Washington Post stated that in addition to the frozen rain, the DFW area has an abundance of elevated roads that are more likely to freeze first in the event of cold weather.
Drivers were advised to stay off the dangerous roadways unless absolutely necessary.
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