Freezing rain contributes to fatal multi-car pileup near Dallas
Light freezing rain and sleet in the early morning hours Thursday contributed to a fatal multi-car pileup in the Dallas metroplex.
BREAKING: @FortWorthFire and @fortworthpd are on scene after multiple fatalities from a major pile up on Interstate 35. Family reunification points have been set up to help rescue people from the roadway.
— WeatherNation (@WeatherNation) February 11, 2021
According to local media outlets, Fort Worth police said a total of 133 vehicles were involved in the wreck and at least 6 people have died.
Officers said first responders are having a hard time getting to some of the trapped vehicles due to the “literal pileup.”
There is a family reunification location for families to pick up & meet drivers/passengers involved in the pileup on I-35. The address for families to pick up their loved ones is….3700 E. Belknap (Riverside Center).
Media is NOT allowed inside the building.
— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) February 11, 2021
Local media outlets said all lanes of I-35 West were blocked in both directions due to the wreck from I-30 to Loop 280.
Additional light freezing drizzle and/or freezing rain will be possible tonight in this area, before it clears Friday. Another winter storm will then take aim at Texas and Oklahoma this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, with heavy additional snow and ice.
Even light freezing rain causes a buildup of ice on bridges and overpasses and can make for very dangerous travel. Sidewalks and steps along with elevated metal surfaces will become very slippery. Isolated power outages are also possible.
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