Icy road conditions led to a reported 100-car pileup on a Texas highway early Thursday morning.
At least five fatalities have been confirmed, according to ABC 8. Somewhere between 75-100 cars were involved in the car crash including multiple 18-wheelers on I-35 near Fort Worth, CBS DFW reporter Jason McLaughlin reported.
New video via @DallasTexasTV from another angle showing the horrific accident on I35W. An 18-wheeler barreling down the icy road. 100+ vehicles involved. 3 dead. Please be careful out there or stay home. pic.twitter.com/51phsJVDqg
— Omar Villafranca (@OmarVillafranca) February 11, 2021
Here at the scene in North Fort Worth of one of the worse disasters I have ever seen in this area. Pray. Pray hard. 100+ of vehicles… @CBSDFW @CBSNews @ABC @WeatherNation @weatherchannel @ReedTimmerAccu @FoxNews @cnnbrk pic.twitter.com/HFpeJoRA2Q
— Jason McLaughlin (@NorthTXWeather) February 11, 2021
Police confirmed that five people have died so far, and it is unclear how many people were injured, according to ABC 8. (RELATED: Man Snowed Into His Car For 10 Hours Without Heat Due To Negligent Snow Plow)
First responders have declared this incident a “mass casualty” event, according to the outlet.
The crash happened around 6 a.m. and the incident stretched for 1.5 miles, ABC 8 reported. At least 30 people were transferred for medical attention while many remained trapped inside their vehicles for hours, the outlet reported. People were still making it out of their cars around 8:30 a.m., according to ABC 8.
Police said freezing temperatures and sleet overnight caused icy conditions on the road, most likely led to the pileup, the outlet reported.