"I am unbelievably blessed," Rebecca Benson said about being able to make it out of her pinned car, barely hurt.
There was a massive multi-car pileup on Interstate 35W in Fort Worth, Texas, during the early hours of Thursday morning. Fort Worth Police Department believes the pile-up has about 130 vehicles with at least six people dead and many more injured, according to NBC News. Many of the injured people were taken to the hospital from the catastrophic incident. One among the many people who were in the midst of the crash was barely hurt in the accident. Rebecca Benson not only managed to climb out of the pile-up of vehicles on the interstate but also reported for work.
Our prayers are with the many victims of this massive pile-up in Fort Worth, Texas this morning. Officials say up to 100 cars were involved, more than 30 people have been hospitalized, and so far, five deaths have been reported.— ABC13 Houston (@abc13houston) February 11, 2021
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Benson is a nurse who set off for work like any other day. She had heard of the bad weather but when she headed out the roads were all still dry. Weather condition warnings were issued and commuters were asked to take necessary precautions. "A mixture of sleet and freezing rain is forecast to gradually come to an end today, but not before leaving a long swath of damaging ice accumulations," the weather service had stated. Benson saw this first hand as she got on the bridge and the road was no longer dry. "As soon as I hit that bridge, [there was] black ice. My car started to spin out a little bit, but nothing crazy, and so I was adjusted," Benson said.
Preliminary information on MCI in Fort Worth. More info will be released later. At least 100 vehicles involved, 5 fatalities, 36 transported to local hospitals. #yourFWFD continues to work the incident and will be on scene for several hours. pic.twitter.com/DUtRJFKSI9— Fort Worth Fire Department (@FortWorthFire) February 11, 2021
The following statement is in response to inquiries we’ve received regarding our efforts to pretreat roadways across the state. There have been many crashes, including the one in Fort Worth, that have occurred during this unusual winter weather event. pic.twitter.com/yhkOAFosN1— TxDOT (@TxDOT) February 12, 2021
She continued, speaking to ABC13, "While I was coming around the corner, I see the cars in front of me. I'm trying to not spin out and to figure out if I can stop. I mean, my foot was as close to going through the floorboard as it possibly could be. And I realized that there's no stopping. So, there was a Coca-Cola semi and a car hauler semi that had kind of made almost like a triangle. So, I wanted the car there and prayed to God that I would be okay and that's when I hit them." After she hit the vehicle, she was inside her car, shaking even as she tried her best to relax.
I-35 W and Northdrive in Fort worth, TX. pic.twitter.com/lw5zyscovG— اداکار 💚 (@Ali94643120) February 11, 2021
While sitting in the car pile-up she had the bizarre feeling like she was in a zombie movie. People from the surrounding crashed cars started getting out of their cars and reaching out to the others around them. "I could hear something on my roof and saw little legs coming down my windshield. Somebody ended up opening the back of my car and asking if I was okay. And then I was able to actually get out because all my doors were completely blocked," she explained. Despite having been in a car crash the nurse knew duty called. She then got in touch with her colleagues who happened to be nearby and hitched a ride to work. "So I talked to one of the police officers, I was like, 'Can I leave my car here and go hitch a ride with my co-worker?' So, I hopped the barrier, literally walked up the highway down to him," Benson said.
Talking about how it felt to be there at that moment in the car crash she said, "I looked in my rearview mirror and can see all of these cars heading towards me. So I think 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." She said she felt "unbelievably blessed" to be able to make it out of the pile-up alive. She did manage to get herself checked with a doctor after her husband reminded her to do so. "I have neck pain, shoulder pain, and my left elbow is bruised to the high-heavens and, you know, typical aches and pains that you would have," she said of her condition.
#I35Pileup— Fort Worth Police (@fortworthpd) February 11, 2021
There is a family reunification location for families to pick up & meet drivers/passengers involved in the pileup on I-35. The address for families to pick up their loved ones is....3700 E. Belknap (Riverside Center).
Media is NOT allowed inside the building.