Icy conditions in Texas have led to a massive pile-up on Interstate 35W in Fort Worth involving dozens of vehicles, as authorities urge residents to stay home.
Fort Worth Police confirmed there were five fatalities and an unknown number of people injured at this time.
The number of vehicles — including both passenger vehicles and 18-wheelers — involved is between 70 and 100 at this time, police said, but the number could end up being much higher, as first responders continue to assess the scene.
The same conditions that led to the incident have also made it difficult for agencies to conduct rescue operations. At least 36 people have been transported to the hospital for medical attention in various conditions.
Because of the icy conditions, the agencies are bringing in sand trucks to help improve law enforcement and the fire department’s ability to reach and assist people in need.
Officials asked that residents remain home becaause of extreme conditions. Between that and the accident, the roads are “very dangerous,” they said.
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