‘All Of A Sudden There’s Ice And Everybody’s Wrecking’ – CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – A truck driver carrying a load of military equipment described his experience driving into the deadly pile on Interstate-35W in Fort Worth Thursday morning.
Michael Howard told CBS 11 News he was on his way to Fort Hood and the lane had been clear since Denton. He said he saw accidents on the street and then felt his trailer start moving.
“You don’t see the ice cream until you feel it … you can’t stop so I’m drawn into that wall … then the people behind me are just bam, bam, bam, bam,” said Howard.
He said he hit a wall to reduce the impact. He added that anyone who crashed around him went away.
“Suddenly there is ice and it all ruins,” he said.
Howard said he was upset with the road conditions and asked why they hadn’t been pre-treated.
North Tarrant Express, which covers the area of the crash, told CBS 11 News that they pre-treated the road Tuesday.
The massive crash, which took place around 6:30 a.m. due to the weather, killed at least six people and injured dozens more, police said. Freezing rain and sleet fell overnight, making the roads in North Texas wet and slippery.
According to police, up to 133 vehicles were involved in the buildup and many drivers were trapped in their vehicles.