FORT WORTH, Texas (KETK)- First responders in Fort Worth held a press conference on Thursday after a fatal crash on Interstate 35W that involved more than 100 vehicles.
After 6 a.m. many 911 calls were made about the wreck that involved a total of 133 cars. Ice was a factor that caused the multiple vehicle pileup, according to officials.
“Our thoughts and prayers are involved with everyone in this incident,” said Mike Drivdahl, Fort Worth Fire Department. “This is not a fender bender. This is a major catastrophe in our city.”
Six people died as a result of the crash. 36 patients were transported to the hospital and 65 patients sought medical care on their own, but they were a part of the incident. Multiple people were also trapped and needed hydraulic rescue.
No children were involved in the wreck, said an official with Medstar.
Healthcare workers were also in the crash and four officers were injured, according to law enforcement. Three officers were on their way to work, and one was hurt while working at the scene of the pileup.
At the location of the crash, police assisted the fire department to shut down the road. They also set up a triage area, and many people were treated and released at the scene.
More than 20 fire department units were sent to help provide aid along with 80 police units and multiple ambulances.
The location is still an active scene. Officials said that the number of people who are hospitalized will most likely increase.
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FORT WORTH, Texas (KETK) – First responders will hold a press conference after at least six people were confirmed dead after what they called “mass casualty incident” with dozens injured after a 100 vehicle crash in Fort Worth.
36 people were taken to hospitals as of 10:25 a.m. Medstar Mobile Healthcare spokesman Matt Zavadski said.
“We have not been able to fully get to all of the people involved in the crash,” The Fort Worth Police Department said. There were also concerns about many who have not been attended to getting hypothermia as well as dealing with trauma from the crash.
Fort Worth Police had warned drivers on social media to watch their distance and speed with the weather.
Mike Drivdahl with the Fort Worth Fire Department told NBCDFW that firefighters are going car-to-car looking for people who need medical care. Drivdahl said that it will “take a lot of time” to clear the damage.
“If you don’t have to get out, please don’t get out,” Drivdahl said in a live phone interview. “We have a lot of emergency crews doing a lot of work. The last thing we need is people who don’t need to be out getting into any type of accidents.”
Fort Worth Police said that all northbound lanes of I-35 are closed.
According to Samantha Davies with NBC 5, the incident began around 6:39 a.m.
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