Fort Worth Fire Department is now on the scene, although rescue efforts are reportedly being hampered by thick ice on the ground and poor weather conditions. Fort Worth Fire Department said: “MCI alert. 1601 N Freeway. Multiple vehicles involved. Multiple people trapped. More details to follow. PIO responding.” The crash occurred at 6.30am local time (12.30pm GMT), with 24 fire department units now at the scene.
A witness at the scene described the collision as “like something out of a disaster movie”.
They said: “I am not going to retweet video or photos of the North Freeway calamity in Fort Worth.
“It is the single worst chain-reaction car and truck crash I have seen here, like something out of a disaster movie.
“My prayers to all involved.”
The Fort Worth Police Department also said it has closed northbound lanes of another major motorway.
As a result, traffic delays are expected in both directions.
Fort Worth Fire Department shared dramatic images from the scene showing emergency service personnel scramble to free people trapped under heavy goods vehicles.
Mike Drivdahl with the Fort Worth Fire Department said in a live phone interview on NBC 5 that firefighters are going car-to-car, looking for people in need of medical care.
He said: “We’ve made it up to this major accident on 35W NB in Fort Worth.
“We can see at least one semi partial tipped on its side. Other cars very banged up.
“Trying to get a clearer view on the full extent of this. 35 shutdown at 28th.”
More jaw-dropping images show a Coca Cola lorry rammed into a black car.
Mr Drivdahl said crews were using “anything they can” to deal with the pile-up in treacherous conditions.
Their desperate methods even included using salt and cat litter to melt the ice, he said.
According to local reports, multiple ambulances have been dispatched to the scene to transport those injured, to nearby hospitals.
Yesterday, the local police had issued weather warnings and advised drivers to be careful and cautious when driving.
Although it is unclear how many people have been injured, there are reports emergency crews are labelling it as a mass casualty incident.