Footage Emerges Of How The Massive Pileup At Fort Worth Highway Started – At Least 5 Dead So Far

A pileup just north of downtown Fort Worth has been deemed a “mass casualty event” by officials early Thursday morning.

The major crash was first reported around roughly 6 a.m., and the highway remains closed in that area as officials work to clear the scene. At least five people have died in the pileup, according to the Associated Press. Up to 100 cars were involved in the crashes. Police said dozens were hospitalized for treatment.

Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Mike Drivdahl said authorities were going to each vehicle to assess medical needs after the “mass casualty incident” involving tractor-trailers and other vehicles on Interstate 35. The freeway will be closed all day “to remove vehicles one by one,” he said.
The official cause of the crash has not been determined, as officials prepare for a lengthy investigation, but there were several reports of black ice earlier in the morning throughout North Texas.
One of our readers in Texas sends us a video that shows how the massive pileup started.

Video below:

Another video of the Pile up on I-35W in Fort Worth, Texas:

Thirty-six people have been taken to hospitals with varying degrees of injuries, according to the spokesman. Authorities had to use the Jaws of Life to pry open vehicles and free those trapped inside them.

First responders said there are still some cars wedged underneath other vehicles, causing some of the uncertainty around how many causalities there are, but they added there are some fatalities still likely on the scene and it could take some time to reach the bodies.

A video from the aftermath of the pileup:

First responder teams sent 14 ambulances and an ambulance bus to the scene to provide onsite care. The crash was declared a “mass casualty” event. Officials said they had used the bus to keep victims from developing hypothermia as well.

As a result of the pile-up, the Fort Worth Police Department set up a family reunification location at a nearby community center for drivers and passengers who need to be picked up. About 30 to 40 people had been transported to the location by 10:30 a.m., according to the fire department.

The Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management said in a tweet that people looking for family members who may have been involved in the crash can contact the reunification center at 1-817-546-7826 for more information.

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