Ice caused serious traffic accidents in Dallas-Fort Worth early Thursday Several deaths have been reported as rescue workers continued to provide assistance in multiple accidents scenes on country roads

On Interstate 35-West north of downtown Fort Worth, about 100 vehicles were involved in a buildup likely caused by ice roads, according to Michael Drivdahl, Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman

At least five people died as a result of the buildup and 36 people were taken to local hospitals, said Drivdahl

At around 10:30 a.m., Drivdahl said most of the people involved in the pile-up had been rescued or removed from their vehicles, but many vehicles would have to be removed from the highway

MedStar Mobile Healthcare spokesman Matt Zavadsky said several people are in critical condition, others are in severe condition, and the rest are still being evaluated due to the nature of the accidents and the number of vehicles involved, the process of being Untangling the cars would take several days, said Zavadsky

A video posted on Twitter by North Texas storm chaser Jason McLaughlin showed dozens of vehicles stacked in Fort Worth. Multiple vehicles were crushed in the piling and at least three tractor units were involved

One vehicle appeared to be stuck under a large pickup truck, and another badly damaged vehicle appeared to be stuck under an 18-wheel, McLaughlin estimated more than 100 vehicles were involved in the buildup

“It’s still chaos,” McLaughlin said on The Weather Channel “It looks like a couple of vehicles have lost control and when that happened everything was piled up behind them”

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As a result of the buildup, the Fort Worth Police Department established a family reunification site at a nearby community center for drivers and passengers who need to be picked up By 10:30 a.m., about 30 to 40 people had been removed to the site, according to the Fire Department

The Fort Worth Office of Emergency Management said in a tweet that anyone looking for family members who may have been involved in the crash can contact 1-817-546-7826 for more information
A winter weather report will be in effect in Dallas, Fort Worth, Denton, and other parts of North Texas by Thursday noon as the National Weather Service said freezing rain and sleet would last all morning

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All lanes north on I-35W, including the toll lanes, have been closed and traffic has been secured in both directions from I-30 to I-820, Fort Worth police said

The department urged individuals involved in minor accidents with no injuries to share information and move on without calling the police who were already overworked on major accidents

Died in Dallas around 233 p.m. At least one person in a crash on Interstate 45 heading south on Lamar Street, police said about 1 am. Two other people were killed and a third seriously injured in a crash along I-45 on Illinois Avenue

Authorities reported numerous accidents overnight, some of which resulted in serious injury and damage to city vehicles

Between midnight and 6 a.m., MedStar was called on 19 multiple vehicle accidents, Zavadsky said The department responded to six crashes between 4:30 a.m. and 6 a.m. Thursday

11 MVCs since midnight, 6 in the last 90 minutes, including rollover crashes Area emergency crews very busy, please drive carefully! If you don’t have to drive, please don’t roads are treacherous Give the emergency services plenty of space in the event of a crash!

In Arlington, police once reported handling 23 accidents, most of which were on freeways, and at 7 a.m. Chief Al Jones said his department had responded to more than 80 crashes since 10 p.m. Wednesday

At 10 amGarland Police had responded to 13 major and 54 minor accidents, the department said in a tweet

In Irving, police responded to 31 accidents between midnight and 7 a.m. Eighteen more accidents were waiting for police to respond freely by 7 a.m. Police Chief Jeff Spivey said in a tweet at 9:30 a.m. The department was working 14 accidents at the same time / p>
Just before 7:30 a.m., the Irving Fire Department responded to a 14 car wreck on State Highway 114 and Lane 348. Two patients were rushed to the hospital, the department said the department did not say what condition the patients were transported in were

At 8 a.m., head north US. 287 in Arlington was closed due to an accident on Sublett Road, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, the area reopened at 8:30 a.m.

Also in Arlington, the ramp from Interstate Highway 30 east to State Highway 369 south just before 9 a.m.

In Garland, I-30 east from Broadway to President George Bush Turnpike was closed at 8 a.m. The LBJ Freeway south was also closed because of an 18-wheeler on the road, police said

The bridges on Interstate 20 on Robinson Road and Carrier Parkway were iced up as of 10:40 a.m., police said Traffic in the area has been reduced to a lane and secured to Arlington, police said

Shortly after 8 a.m. North Central Expressway northbound in Richardson was closed due to accidents Richardson police reported fuel spill on the road and damage to the center divider as the HOV lane to the south was also closed

The Grapevine Police Department said State Highway 360 was a “problem area” Thursday morning for wrecks overpasses and bridges also proved dangerous, the department said

Officials in Rockwall County said that at Sept.40 p.m. Ice formed on the streets Wednesday, and temperatures in North Texas are expected to stay at or below freezing for most of Thursday

“Any improvement in ice surfaces will be slow,” said Matt Stalley, a National Weather Service meteorologist

Although most of the icy conditions were on bridges and overpasses, there was enough freezing rain overnight to hit the main roads as well, said KXAS-TV (NBC5) meteorologist Grant Johnston

Dallas County: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said in a tweet Thursday morning that operations at the county’s Fair Park property were canceled for that day and it is not clear when the center will reopen in the offices in Dallas Counties were also closed for that day

Tarrant County: As of 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Tarrant County announced to Public Health that vaccination clinics would be open Thursday and Friday, the county said the COVID-19 test sites will close on Thursday and reopen on Friday
Denton County: Thursday vaccination appointments will be postponed to Friday afternoon, the county said. The recordings will be held at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth

Collin County: Thursday appointments at Plano’s John Clark Stadium will be postponed, according to county information. Affected patients will be contacted by Curative Medical Associates. Collin County government offices are also closed on Thursday

Parkland Health & Hospital System: The health care provider said vaccination sites at Ellis Davis Field House and Eastfield Community College in Mesquite will be closed Thursday through Monday, and those with appointments for these locations should be at their scheduled time Go to Parkland Memorial Hospital, and those who fail will be contacted by Parkland

Testing sites at Sam Tasby Middle School in Dallas, the Irving Health Center, and the West Dallas Multipurpose Center are closed Thursday through Monday, Parkland

said

Although north Texas is likely to take a break from winter rainfall late Thursday through Saturday, the region is scheduled for another round through Sunday, Johnston said Dallas-Fort Worth could get one round of snow late Sunday through Monday, and it will didn’t expect the highs to come out of the 20s these days

How much snow the area could have remains unclear, although some forecasting models indicate accumulations of 3 to 6 inches with larger sums further north, according to the weather service

“Some areas could receive significantly more, others significantly less, and it is too early to pinpoint these details,” Stalley said in a forecast update. “Such a storm would have a significant impact on travel, especially if the models tend to have higher snow totals ”

While the total number of snowfalls is uncertain, in the cold it will not. Stalley warned that the North Texas region could experience the coldest weather in more than 30 years on Monday

With lows likely to be in their teens or in the single digits, wind chill levels could drop below freezing, according to the weather service

The last time Dallas-Fort Worth recorded single digit weather was on December 22, 1989 when the mercury dropped to 3 degrees

“The next week is going to be full of weather hazards and people are being told to make plans to protect themselves and those exposed to extreme cold,” Stalley said. “Cover exposed pipes, make sure that your pets are indoors and that all other animals outside have adequate protection ”

Catherine Marfin, Breaking News Reporter Catherine covers breaking news on the Dallas Morning News. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she studied journalism and public relations. While at UT, Catherine was the editor-in-chief of The Daily Texan, the UT student newspaper, and intern at Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle

Jesus Jimenez, Associate Jesus Jimenez joined The Dallas Morning News in 2018. He currently reports on breaking news and weather He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas

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