This image released by the Fort Worth Fire Department Public Information Office on their Twitter feed (@FortWorthFire) shows firemen reaching out to drivers following a major car crash caused by the icy weather. Picture: @FortWorthFire / AFP
This image released by the Fort Worth Fire Department Public Information Office on their Twitter feed (@FortWorthFire) shows firemen reaching out to drivers following a major car crash caused by the icy weather. Picture: @FortWorthFire / AFP

At least five dead in 100-car pileup on icy US freeway

By AFP Time of article published Feb 11, 2021

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Washington - At least five people were killed and dozens more injured Thursday when about 100 cars crashed in a pileup on an icy freeway in Texas, authorities and a witness said.

The incident unfolded on a busy interstate road north of downtown Fort Worth, authorities said, when approximately 100 vehicles smashed into each other.

Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Michael Drivdahl told a news conference the crash was likely caused by icy conditions.

Drivdahl said five people had died and 36 people were taken to local hospitals. He warned the toll could rise as rescue workers were still going through vehicles.

Jason McLaughlin, a professional storm chaser, posted a video on Twitter he'd filmed at the scene showing dozens of mangled cars and trucks.

He wrote that "100+" vehicles were involved.

"It's still chaos," McLaughlin told The Weather Channel.

"It looks like a couple of vehicles lost control and when that happened, everything just piled up behind them."

The National Weather Service warned of continued freezing rain and sleet in the area, making for ongoing treacherous driving conditions.

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