This is a developing story and will be updated.
Two of the victims in the Fort Worth accident on Thursday, which involved more than 100 cars and killed at least six people, have been identified.
Aaron Luke Watson, 45, and Tiffany Louann Gerred, 34, were among the victims of the accident on Thursday, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office.
According to the doctor’s office, both died at 6:13 a.m. Their causes of death are still pending.
Thursday’s accumulation was the most harrowing of the accidents that spread ice-covered streets across Dallas-Fort Worth throughout the day.
The crash, which was reported just after 6 a.m., occurred in the TEXPress lanes of Interstate 35W heading south north of downtown, said Jim Davis, Fort Worth fire chief.
According to official reports, 133 vehicles were involved and the crash stretched half a mile between Northeast 28th Street and Northside Drive.
The crash closed all lanes north of I-35W, including the toll lanes, on Thursday, and traffic was jammed in both directions from Interstate 30 to Interstate 820, Fort Worth police said.
On Friday around 6:30 a.m., the ramps from Interstate 820 of the Nordschleife to I-35W in the south were still closed for the accident investigation.
A total of 65 people were treated for injuries related to the crash in hospitals in the area on Thursday. However, that number is expected to rise as more people seek help, MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said. None of those treated was a child.
Zavadsky said a large number of people involved in the accident were health care workers who wore scrubs and hospital badges.
Chief Neil Noakes said four Fort Worth police officers were hospitalized as a result of the wreck. Three were on their way to work and one was injured while helping on site. All four were discharged from the hospital.
In the early morning hours of Friday, fewer accidents were reported across the board. Many school districts in North Texas have again decided to postpone the opening or move to online learning on Friday due to the bad weather.
COVID-19 Vaccine Hub Operations
Dallas County: Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said the county’s Fair Park Vaccination Center is only open at certain times on Fridays from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
On Thursday at 9 p.m., the district’s health department said in a tweet that the center would only vaccinate people on Friday who are due for their second dose. Only people who were scheduled for their second dose Monday through Thursday will be served in the center, the district said.
Due to the bad weather, the Fair Park will be open tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., weather permitting. Operations will resume in the Grand Building and ONLY people who should receive their second dose on Monday in Fair Park will give a second dose. (2/8) – Thursday (2/11). (1/5)
– Dallas County HHS (@DCHHS) February 12, 2021
People who should get their second dose on Friday will be turned away when they show up on site today, the district said. If weather permits, the county said it would reopen on Sunday to vaccinate people who were due for their second dose on Friday.
Tarrant County: Tarrant County Public Health announced in a tweet Wednesday evening that vaccination clinics will be open to people with scheduled appointments on Friday. COVID-19 test sites are closed Friday through Monday.
Collin County: Vaccine appointments originally scheduled for Friday at Plano’s John Clark Stadium have been postponed, according to the county. Affected patients will be contacted by Curative Medical Associates. The Collin County government offices have a late opening at 10 a.m. Friday.
Denton County: The county tweeted Tuesday that the county vaccination clinic at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth would only be open by appointment from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The vaccinations originally planned for Thursday have been postponed to Friday, the district said.
Parkland Health & Hospital System: The vaccination stations at Ellis Davis Field House and Eastfield Community College in Mesquite would be closed Thursday through Monday, the hospital said. Individuals with appointments for these locations should go to Parkland Memorial Hospital at their scheduled time, and anyone who couldn’t make it should be contacted by Parkland.
Testing sites at Sam Tasby Middle School in Dallas, the Irving Health Center, and the West Dallas Multipurpose Center were closed Thursday through Monday, Parkland said.
North Texans will likely be given a break from dangerous weather conditions for a few days, but they could be fighting in bad conditions again soon. A lap of snow could come late Sunday into Monday, and according to the National Weather Service, the highs these days are not expected to come out of the 20s.
The weather service released a winter storm clock for all of northern Texas, including counties Dallas, Denton, Collin, and Tarrant, on Thursday afternoon. The clock is in effect from late Saturday through Monday afternoon.
“Travel is becoming almost impossible and could become life-threatening,” warned the weather service in a winter storm clock, adding that “severe blizzard conditions” with heavy, blowing snow are possible.
How much snow the area could have remains unclear, although some forecasting models indicate accumulations of 3 to 7 inches, with higher totals further north, said weather services meteorologist Juan Hernandez.
“In addition to snow, winds above 25 to 30 miles per hour in the early Monday morning hours can lead to blizzards on the border,” he said in a forecast update. “Travel during this time is highly recommended as snow that falls will cling to any surface given the cold temperatures.”