Several people were trapped in their cars and at least five have been killed in an pileup of more than 100 vehicles in Fort Worth, Texas, that has shut down I-35W.
"Information will change going throughout the day as we get more information," said Mike Drivdahl, Fort Worth Fire Department public information officer. "We are going vehicle, by vehicle, to make sure that anybody that is still trapped in their vehicle has been extricated, if possible. There's a lot of vehicles to go through."
Dozens of vehicles and multiple 18-wheelers were smashed, toppled over, and stacked on top of each other due to overnight freezing rain and sleet. According to first responders, the crash is a "mass casualty incident."
"First responders actually had difficulty getting to the vehicles," said Drivdahl. "As they were making their way on the freeway to get to those vehicles it is very slippery. We did have to get quite a bit of sand out here… we did everything we could to get as much traction as possible."
MedStar Mobile Healthcare officials confirmed 14 ambulances were used to transport 36 people to area hospitals while the seriously injured were taken to trauma centers.
"It's gonna be a long time. We're gonna have to separate a lot of these vehicles with wreckers," police said.