Devastating 100-car pile-up on Texas freeway kills three and traps dozens of injured drivers as overnight sleet turns road into 'sheet of ice' - with crash site running 1.5 MILES long

 At least three people are dead and dozens more feared injured after a 100 car pile-up on a Texas freeway on Thursday morning that was caused by icy weather conditions.  

Firefighters are going car to car along Interstate 35 near Fort Worth, trying to find people who urgently need to be rescued. 

The crash was first reported at 6.30am on Thursday near the 28th Street bridge. It's unclear what started it but video shows a FedEx truck losing control on a downhill stretch of the freeway and plowing into a barrier. 

Cars behind it then started smashing into it.  

The crash site stretches for 1.5 miles along the freeway and traffic is backed up for miles. Authorities are describing it as a 'mass casualty incident'.  It includes cars stuck beneath 18-wheelers and pick-up trucks. 

According to MedStar, a private ambulance service on the ground, the number of people in critical condition is currently between 40 and 50 but is growing 'by the minute'. 

Firefighters are now worried that the people who are trapped my develop hypothermia.   


The fire department tweeted it on Thursday while firefighters went from car to car trying to rescue people trapped inside

The fire department tweeted it on Thursday while firefighters went from car to car trying to rescue people trapped inside


Traffic is backed up for miles behind the crash site as a result of the accident

Traffic is backed up for miles behind the crash site as a result of the accident 

'Multiple vehicles involved. Multiple people trapped. More details to follow,' the fire department said in a tweet at around 8am. 

They shared a photo of firefighters trying to gain access to people trapped inside a cargo truck which had smashed into another vehicle. Firefighters are having difficulty accessing the vehicles because the road is still so icy. 

Videos taken at around 7am local time show a FedEx truck losing control and plowing into one of the freeway barriers. 

'This is one of the [worst] disasters I have ever seen in this area,' North Texas storm chaser Jason McLaughlin said in a video from the scene. 

The cars behind it then smashed into it, sparking the disastrous pile-up. 

Overnight, Winter Storm Shirley - which is expected to wreak havoc on multiple states over the next few days - dumped sleet and froze roads across southern states, including Texas.  

On Thursday morning, cop Daniel Segura told CNN: 'We can confirm multiple vehicles involved and at least three fatalities. 

'We have officers on scene and is still an active scene. Weather was probably a factor.'   

Devastating 100-car pile-up on Texas freeway kills three and traps dozens of injured drivers as overnight sleet turns road into 'sheet of ice' - with crash site running 1.5 MILES long Devastating 100-car pile-up on Texas freeway kills three and traps dozens of injured drivers as overnight sleet turns road into 'sheet of ice' - with crash site running 1.5 MILES long Reviewed by STATION GOSSIP on 08:51 Rating: 5

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