Early Thursday morning, cameras captured an 18-wheeler barreling into cars during a highway pile-up in Texas that killed six people.
The horrific video shows the moment a FedEx driver crashes his 18-wheeler truck into a series of automobiles. Viewers can see the enormous truck ride over the top of multiple cars at full speed before crashing into another 18-wheeler. In addition, the FedEx truck almost flips over a highway divider.
The devastating accident occurred at an icy section of I-35 in Fort Worth, TX, just outside of Dallas. Winter Storm Shirley caused overnight sleet and freezing rain in the area, which led to the icy road conditions. The massive highway pile-up, which involved more than 100 vehicles, sent 65 people to the hospital and took the lives of six others.
The Tarrant County medical examiner announced five of the six casualties involved in the wreck. Their names are William Williams, 54, Christopher Vardy, 49, Michael Wells, 47, Aaron Watson, 45, and Tiffany Gerred, 34.
“WARNING: This wreck in DFW is heartbreaking to watch. 18-wheeler wrecks are devastating for Texas families. We need #SafeRoads. #txlege #TruckingSafety,” the Texas Watch Twitter account posted.
Texas Pile-Up Injures Multiple Front-Line Health Care Workers
Thursday’s shocking 18-wheeler crash in Texas happened around 6 a.m. rush hour. Therefore, many of the people traveling on the highway were considered essential workers who were driving to work. A spokesman for MedStar Ambulance Service, Matt Zavadsky, explained the significance of the timing of the crash to FOX 4.
“If you think about the timing of the crash and people who can’t opt not to travel, it’s going to be your front-line health care workers and others, truckers as well,” Zavadsky said.
Additionally, the spokesman said that many of the injured drivers in Texas wore scrubs and had hospital IDs. As the day went on, friends and family of those who died in the pile-up began to notice something wasn’t right.
That evening, a family friend of Watson knew something was wrong. A location app showed that Watson’s phone location had not moved off of I-35 for hours, CBS 11 reported. The family friend shared that Watson had a wife and two children, and that his wife “is just trying to hold on.”
The Star-Telegram reported that Vardy was a married father and well-liked church leader at Fort Worth’s First United Methodist Church. Vardy, a program manager, worked at InterConnect Wiring where he helped create aerospace electrical products provided to the military.
Furthermore, Gerred’s cousin, Patricia Marie Wright, shared a touching post on Facebook about her family’s loss.
“My heart is broken. My cousin, Tiffany Gerred passed away in the 100 car pileup in Fort Worth yesterday. We were partners in crime as kids. I always looked forward to holidays when Tiff would come in town,” Wright posted on Facebook.
“She was the epitome of ‘cool’ and I wanted to be just like her. I cannot believe this is real. Please keep our family in prayers.”