At least six people were killed and dozens injured in a massive crash involving more than 130 vehicles on an icy Texas highway.
There were trucks, cars and long vehicles piled up on each other on Interstate 35 near downtown Fort Worth.
Fort Worth Fire Chief Jim Davis said there were many people trapped inside their vehicles and require the use of hydraulic rescue equipment to extricate them.
At least 65 people were treated at hospitals, with 36 of them taken by ambulance from the crash site, including three with critical injuries, said Matt Zavadsky, spokesman for MedStar, which provides the ambulance service for the area.
A number of others were treated at the scene, he said.The crash happened early morning as many hospital and emergency workers were heading to and from work, so some of those involved were health care workers and police officers, officials said.
Fort Worth police Chief Neil Noakes said three officers were en route to work when they were injured in the crash, and one officer was injured while working at the scene.
“The roadway was so treacherous from the ice that several of the first responders were falling on the scene,” Zavadsky said.
Zavadsky said his crews carry a sand and salt mixture in the ambulances, which they used at the scene. At one point, he said, one of the ambulances was hit, but it sustained only minor damage and the crew members were fine.