Shocking video taken from the Texas pileup that killed six and injured dozens extra shows the second an 18-wheeler crashed into a heap of cars and almost flipped over a freeway divider.
The clip, taken early Thursday on an icy part of I-35 in Fort Value outdoors Dallas, shows a FedEx truck barreling down the roadway and colliding with two cars, which had already crashed and have been smoking, earlier than hitting the again of one other 18-wheeler.
The video, taken from the other facet of the roadway earlier than dawn, shows how the large transport truck didn’t simply crash into the 2 smaller autos however truly drove on high of them within the 100-vehicle pileup.
Icy situations on the roadway, introduced in by in a single day sleet and freezing rain from Winter Storm Shirley, despatched 65 folks to the hospital and killed six, a few of whom have been recognized Friday.
The Tarrant County medical expert introduced the lifeless embody William Williams, 54, Christopher Vardy, 49, Michael Wells, 47, Aaron Watson, 45, and Tiffany Gerred, 34.
The crashes occurred across the 6 a.m. rush hour — simply as many individuals, largely important employees, have been headed to their jobs, Matt Zavadsky, a spokesman for MedStar Ambulance Service, informed FOX 4.
“If you concentrate on the timing of the crash and individuals who can’t decide to not journey, it’s going to be your front-line well being care employees and others, truckers as effectively,” the spokesman informed the outlet.
He stated lots of the injured had hospital IDs or have been carrying scrubs.
Late Thursday, a household pal of Watson stated it grew to become obvious one thing was mistaken when a location app on his cellphone confirmed he’d been on I-35 for hours, CBS 11 reported.
The pal stated Watson leaves behind two children and a spouse who “is simply making an attempt to carry on.”
Vardy was a married father and beloved church chief and volunteer on the First United Methodist Church in Fort Value, the Star-Telegram reported. He labored as a program supervisor at InterConnect Wiring, an organization that gives aerospace electrical merchandise to the army, the outlet reported.
A cousin of Gerred took to Fb to share about her loss.
“My coronary heart is damaged. My cousin, Tiffany Gerred handed away within the 100 automotive pileup in Fort Value yesterday. We have been companions in crime as children. I at all times regarded ahead to holidays when Tiff would come on the town,” Patricia Marie Wright wrote within the publish.
“She was the epitome of ‘cool’ and I needed to be identical to her. I can’t consider that is actual. Please preserve our household in prayers.”
It took greater than 24 hours for the crash’s remnants to be cleared from the freeway, CBS 11 reported. Southbound lanes on I-35 weren’t fully reopened till Friday morning.