Published: Feb 12, 2021, 10.01 AM(IST)
At least five people lost their lives and dozens wounded on Thursday when some 130 cars crashed in a pileup on a highway in Texas in the United States.
Authorities said the accident took place on a busy interstate road north of downtown Fort Worth when about 130 vehicles collided with each other.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that ice could be the factor behind the incident.
Fort Worth Fire Department spokesman Michael Drivdahl said at least five people had died and 36 were hospitalised.
The toll could increase as the rescue workers are continuing to run a check on the vehicles, the spokesperson added.
Aerial images from the place of the incident showed several damaged large tractor-trailers standing on top of one another.
A number of vehicles were also seen badly crashed in the site, which a local official says stretched to about 0.8 km, reports news agency Reuters.
Jason McLaughlin, a professional storm chaser, put out a video on Twitter he shot which showed several damaged cars and trucks
Jason McLaughlin, a professional storm chaser, posted a video on Twitter he’d filmed at the scene showing dozens of mangled cars and trucks.
“It’s still chaos,” McLaughlin told The Weather Channel.
“It looks like a couple of vehicles lost control and when that happened, everything just piled up behind them.”
The severe winter conditions in the coasts on Thursday have greatly affected driving and the National Weather Service warned of persistent freezing rain and sleet in Texas.