Drivers Unable to Stop on Icy Interstate 35 Crash into Pileup Near Fort Worth, Texas

Crash Map Fort Worth pileup Thursday, February 11, 2021 (Imagery ©2021 Maxar Technologies, U.S. Geological Survey, USDA Farm Service Agency, Map data ©2021 Google)
Crash Map Fort Worth pileup Thursday, February 11, 2021 (Imagery ©2021 Maxar Technologies, U.S. Geological Survey, USDA Farm Service Agency, Map data ©2021 Google).

Aerial video during recovery of vehicles after deadly pileup crash on I-35 in Fort Worth, Texas involving 75 to 100 vehicles. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Fort Worth area police, firefighters and paramedics responded to calls for help that began about 6:00 a.m. Thursday, February 11, 2021 when a multi-vehicle pileup crash occurred on I-35 between Northside Drive/Yucca Avenue and Watauga Road in Fort Worth. Many of the vehicles were located on I-35 near the Mercy Culture Church and just north of the West Fork Trinity River.




The stretch of I-35 where the crashes occurred was downhill approaching the West Fork Trinity River and inbound to downtown Fort Worth. The Express Lanes where the pileup crash occurred is posted with a Speed Limit of 75 MPH.

Five people are reported killed in the crash as of late Thursday afternoon. At least 36 victims were transported to local hospitals. Four police officers were injured — some while they were on their way to work.

About 133 vehicles were involved in the pileup crash with ice as a factor.

Police and firefighter rescuers were on scene by about 6:13 a.m.




There was fog, mist and drizzle overnight from about 1:45 a.m. until 5:00 a.m. Thursday. Around the time of the crash, the National Weather Service at Fort Worth, Meacham International Airport hourly report at 5:53 a.m. published an Air Temperature of 23°F, a Dew Point of 21°F, a Wind Chill of 10°F with winds from the North at 18 MPH and gusting to 25 MPH. Relative Humidity was 92%.

The Dallas/Fort Worth area is facing a possible Winter Storm February 14, 2021 and February 15, 2021 with a Winter Storm Watch in effect Saturday/Sunday at midnight through Monday, Washington’s Birthday.

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Warning: The next video shows part of the crash as the driver of a FedEx truck was unable to stop and hit the pileup …

The highway was completely blocked and the pileup has been declared a “mass casualty” event. Dozens of people were taken to local hospitals, officials said. YouTube Tips ⓘ

Crash Map Fort Worth pileup Thursday, February 11, 2021 (Imagery ©2021 Maxar Technologies, U.S. Geological Survey, USDA Farm Service Agency, Map data ©2021 Google)
Crash Map Fort Worth pileup Thursday, February 11, 2021 (Imagery ©2021 Maxar Technologies, U.S. Geological Survey, USDA Farm Service Agency, Map data ©2021 Google).

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FedEx Semi at deadly pileup crash on icy I-35 in Fort Worth, Thursday, February 11, 2021. YouTube Tips ⓘ