Two related accidents on Interstate 30 outside of Fort Worth left 5 people dead and 12 injured early Sunday morning. An initial single vehicle accident was reported at 2:30 a.m. when a car veered off the road and into a concrete barrier. Other drivers on the road pulled over to help the victim of the first crash, blocking lanes on the freeway, when an 18-wheeler crashed into the good Samaritans and 9 stopped vehicles.
Four people were pronounced dead at the scene and one individual later died in the hospital from fatal injuries. MedStar sent eight units to the scene, along with several ambulances. Twelve people in all were sent to area hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.
The driver of the 18-wheeler, at the time carrying the Sunday edition of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, reportedly was unable to break in time to avoid the crash. The westbound freeway was closed around Oakland Blvd. for several hours following the accident as police and other officials ascertained the cause of the crash.
Our condolences go out to all affected by this tragic incident.