6 Victims In Deadly Fort Worth Pileup Involving 130+ Vehicles Identified – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – At least 6 people were killed and 65 injured on the morning of February 11th when more than a hundred cars, trucks and tractor units slipped, slid and crashed on an icy section of Interstate-35W. By Saturday, February 13, all six deceased victims had been identified.
On Friday morning, the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified William Williams, 54, Christopher Vardy of Boyd, 49, and Justin’s Michael Wells, 47, as three men who all died in the Interstate 35W pile .
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Thursday afternoon CBS 11 News learned that Aaron Watson of Fort Worth also died in the crash. The family friend, Sara Suttle, said friends and family knew something was wrong when a location app on Watson’s phone revealed he had been sitting on the I-35W for hours.
While the crash happened around 6:30 a.m., Suttle said they didn’t learn until that afternoon that Watson had been killed.
Watson was married and now his wife Jane is just trying to hold on. “They [Watson’s wife] said, “Aaron’s usually the strong one,” and she can fall apart, “Suttle recalled.” And you know she has her two children and she can’t fall apart. You know she has to be strong for her. “
Suttle describes Watson as a good family man, a great husband and father, and an overall good person.
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Overnight Thursday, CBS 11 News learned the name of a woman who was killed in the crash.
Fort Worth Police and Tarrant County Medical Office identified Tiffany Louann Gerred, 34, of Northlake as a victim. Her time of death is given at 6:13 a.m., so it is believed that she died on the scene.
On Saturday, February 13th, the sixth victim who died was identified by the coroner as 46-year-old Tamara Mendoza Querales.
Drivers blame the icy conditions on the freeways on the bridge near 28th Street for the accumulation of 133 cars. Of the 65 injured, more than 35 were taken from the scene in ambulances and many stayed in hospital on Friday.
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The remains of the crash were on the highway for more than 24 hours. I wasn’t there until rush hour on Friday morning when all southbound lanes on the freeway were opened. The TEXPress toll lane section from Loop 820 to Northside Drive will remain closed.