SHOCKING aerial footage reveals the full horror of a disastrous two-mile pile-up that left six dead and dozens more hospitalized.
The video shows the devastating scale of the 136-car crash on the icy I-35 highway in Fort Worth, Texas, yesterday morning.
Masses of mangled cars and trucks can be seen in the clip after vehicles slammed into each other, leaving metal and other debris strewn across the road.
Rescue teams fought to cut trapped people from their vehicles, with many taken to hospital with serious injuries following the severe smash at about 6.30am on Thursday morning.
The exact cause of the massive crash is unclear, but a brutal storm and overnight sleet is understood to have made for treacherous conditions.
The road, however, “may not have been properly treated by the operator” which could have contributed to the cause of the crash, Texas state Sen. Beverly Powell told Fox News.
Officials were still searching into the afternoon through cars and trucks to make sure no one was still stuck inside after vehicles were left with “extensive damage.”
MedStar confirmed that dozens of people were injured, with some people being in critical condition, according to a local NBC affiliate reporter.
By around 10.30am, emergency responders said most of those trapped in their vehicles had been rescued.
There are at least 65 people hospitalized, with injuries ranging from minor to severe, Officer Brad Perez confirmed to The Sun.
Footage, reportedly from the scene, showed several cars that were damaged.
Some vehicles were strewn across the freeway, and several huge trucks appeared to be involved.
The incident happened while the region is under a winter weather advisory.
At least 24 fire units responded to the huge pileup, Spectrum News reported.
Police confirmed that the incident was due to the weather and for drivers to expect “lengthy delays.”
The city experienced overnight freezing rain and some sleet, according to the Star Telegram.
Among the people who survived the wreckage was Rebecca Benson, a nurse who crawled out of the pileup unscathed and went straight to work.
“I am unbelievably blessed,” Benson told ABC13.
Benson said she was driving to work around 6.30am when her car slid on the icy interstate.
She said she tried not to spin out and realized she could not stop and crashed into a semi.
Benson said she shook in her car every time another vehicle hit the pile.
“I looked in my rearview mirror and can see all of these cars heading towards me,” she said.
“That was the scariest part, knowing that I survived this part but now the chances of me getting completely smashed by all the cars and semis behind me.”
A motorist eventually helped her out of her car.
Benson immediately called a colleague and got a ride to the hospital where she works, helping others before getting checked out.
At her husband’s urging, Benson got an evaluation for her neck and shoulder pain and left elbow which was “bruised to the high-heavens.”
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