by: Nexstar, NBCDFWRachel Estrada
Posted: Feb 11, 2021 / 10:28 AM EST
Updated: February 11, 2021 / 10:28 AM EST
“If you don’t have to get out, please don’t get out,” says the Fort Worth fire spokesman
Thin sheets of ice create dangerous journeys on roads and highways in North Texas on Thursday morning. At least three people are known to have died overnight in Dallas, and dozens of people are trapped in their cars in Fort Worth.
Much of the Dallas-Fort Worth area will have a winter weather report through Thursday 12:00 noon.
Dozens of school districts in North Texas are either closed, open late, or go virtual learning on Thursday due to potentially dangerous roads.
A “mass crash” is occurring on Interstate 35W north of downtown Fort Worth, firefighters say, dozens of vehicles collided and drivers trapped.
Mike Drivdahl of the Fort Worth Fire Department said firefighters drive from car to car looking for people in need of medical care.
Preliminary details are under way and it is not yet known how many people were injured. Drivdahl said it would “take a long time” to fix the damage.
“If you don’t have to get out, please don’t get out,” said Drivdahl in a live telephone interview on NBC 5. “We have a lot of emergency teams that work a lot. The last thing we need is people who don’t have to be involved in accidents. “
Crews are dealing with slippery conditions and using everything they can – sand, salt, and cat litter – to melt the ice while examining patients injured in the crash, Drivdahl said.
A picture captured of the scene and shared on social media showed several 18-wheelers twisted in the rubble.
Firefighters respond to a cluster of vehicles in Fort Worth Thursday morning after thin layers of ice formed on highways in North Texas overnight.
In Dallas, one person died around 11:17 p.m. in a pile with multiple vehicles on Interstate 45 southbound on Lamar Street, police said.
Just before 1 a.m., two people were killed and a third was hospitalized in critical condition after a crash along Interstate 45 on Illinois Avenue, police said.
Further information was not immediately available.
Police said several accidents were reported overnight, some of which resulted in serious injury and damage to city vehicles.
By 7:30 a.m. in Arlington, the emergency services had responded to a total of 82 accidents since 10:00 p.m., a police spokesman said.
Most of the accidents have occurred on bridges and overpasses where people are driving too fast for the weather conditions, the spokesman said.
We had hit a patrol car after midnight at 6500 WIH 20 by another driver due to icy conditions. Fortunately, the officer was out of the vehicle during the impact because he had a separate accident, so no injuries. The APD car had minor damage while other cars were not drivable after the accident. Pic.twitter.com/I5YFp6K9Ir
– Chef Al Jones (@ChiefArlington) February 11, 2021
Similar to other agencies in North Texas, @CityOfArlington has 23 active accidents and 5 assisting motorists with cars disabled or extended. Most of them are on our motorways (IH 20, IH 30, SH 360, US 287). Please avoid unnecessary trips. pic.twitter.com/X5JMrtEr5H
– Arlington Police, TX (@ArlingtonPD) February 11, 2021
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