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At least six people have died in highway crashes across North Texas after a cold front brought overnight sleet and made for treacherous driving conditions early.

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At Least 8 Dead, Dozens Hurt After ‘Sheets of Ice’ Cause Travel Chaos Across North Texas

‘If you don’t have to get out, please don’t get out,’ Fort Worth fire spokesman says

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Published February 11, 2021 •
Updated 16 mins ago

At least eight people have died in highway crashes across North Texas after a cold front brought overnight sleet and made for treacherous driving conditions early Thursday morning, authorities say.

A is in effect through 12 p.m. Thursday for much of the Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Dozens of North Texas school districts are either closed, opening late or going to virtual learning Thursday due to the possibility of dangerous roads. .

Fort Worth

Five people are confirmed dead and dozens more injured in what firefighters are calling a “mass casualty incident” unfolding on Interstate 35W just north of downtown Fort Worth.

Mike Drivdahl with the Fort Worth Fire Department said firefighters were going car-to-car, looking for people in need of medical care at the scene near 28th Street.

At least five people have died in the pileup and 36 hospitalized as of 10:25 a.m., MedStar Mobile Healthcare spokesman Matt Zavadsky confirmed in a phone interview on NBC 5 and later confirmed by Fort Worth police and fire officials.

Matt Zavadsky of MedStar joins NBC 5 to give the latest on the Interstate 35W pileup crash in Fort Worth that has left multiple people dead and more injured.

As many as 100 cars are estimated to be tangled in the pileup, Zavadski said. Authorities say it will “take a lot of time” to clear the damage and are asking people to stay home if possible.

Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Mike Drivdahl says rescues are underway Thursday morning after dozens of vehicles collided and piled up along Interstate 35W just north of downtown.

“If you don’t have to get out, please don’t get out,” Drivdahl said in a live phone interview on NBC 5. “We have a lot of emergency crews doing a lot of work. The last thing we need is people who don’t need to be out getting into any type of accidents.”

Rescue crews faced slippery conditions and used anything they could — sand, salt and kitty litter — to melt the ice as they triaged patients injured in the crash, Drivdahl said.

A family reunification location was set up for families to pick up and meet drivers or passengers involved in the pileup. The location is the Riverside Community Center at 3700 East Belknap Street.

Drivdahl said crews expect to keep the interstate closed for several hours.

WARNING: Graphic video shows 18-wheelers and cars colliding on Interstate 35W after an overnight winter storm left a thin sheet of ice on the elevated stretch of highway.

Dallas

In Dallas, one person died in a multi-vehicle pileup at about 11:17 p.m. on southbound Interstate 45 at Lamar Street, police said.

Shortly before 1 a.m., two people were killed and a third was hospitalized in critical condition after a crash along Interstate 45 at Illinois Avenue, police said.

Further information was not immediately available.

Police say there have been multiple crashes reported overnight, with some involving serious injuries and damage to city vehicles.

Arlington

By 7:30 a.m. in Arlington, emergency crews have responded to a total of 82 crashes since 10 p.m., a police spokesman said.

Most of the crashes have occurred on bridges and overpasses where people are driving too fast for the weather conditions, the spokesman said.

We had a patrol car struck after midnight in 6500 W. I.H. 20 by another motorist due to icy conditions. Thankfully officer was out of the vehicle during impact due to working a separate crash, so no injuries. APD car had minor damage while other car was not drive-able after crash

— Chief Al Jones (@ChiefArlington)

Similar to other North Texas agencies, we have 23 active crashes working in and 5 assist motorists where cars are disabled or spun out. Majority of these are on our freeways (IH 20, IH 30, SH 360, US 287). Please avoid unnecessary travel.

— Arlington Police, TX (@ArlingtonPD)

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