FORT WORTH, Texas — At least three people were dead and multiple others were trapped Thursday morning following an icy freeway pileup, according to Fort Worth police and fire officials.
“We can confirm multiple vehicles involved and at least three fatalities,” police Officer Daniel Segura said. “We have officers on scene and it is still an active scene.”
The exact number of people trapped was not immediately clear, but at least 50 vehicles were involved in the 6 a.m. crash, including some that are wedged under others, police told ABC News.
“Multiple vehicles involved. Multiple people trapped,” the fire department tweeted along with an image that showed some of the vehicles involved were 18-wheelers.
Interstate 35 was completely blocked and the pile-up declared a “mass casualty” event. Around 20 to 30 people will need to be transported to hospitals, officials told ABC affiliate WFAA.
Several of the victims had critical injuries and the number of injured is “growing by the minute,” officials added.
The accident scene covered about 1.5 miles along the interstate, WFAA reported.
Police blamed the I-35 crash on the weather as freezing rain caused slick road conditions in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“I-35 Toll Express and regular lanes are closed at this time due to a major accident due to weather,” police warned in a tweet, “expect lengthy delays.”
“So many traffic/accidents this morning, especially across the DFW Metroplex,” the National Weather Service’s Fort Worth office said in a statement. “These events are so dangerous because the ice is spotty. We can’t stress enough that road conditions could go from good to dangerous within blocks. Take it slow out there.”
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