On early Sunday Morning, April 12, there were two accidents in Fort Worth
involving seventeen people, five of which died. Among the fatalities were
Good Samaritans who were trying to help.
According to investigators, the accident occurred in the westbound lanes
of Interstate 30 between Oakland Boulevard and Beach Street; the accident
involved several vehicles, including an 18-wheeler.
Officer Daniel Segura said the chain of events first started with a single-vehicle
accident at around 2:30 a.m., with the first vehicle crashing into a concrete
barrier. Good Samaritans stopped their cars to help, but for some of them
that move was a death sentence.
The second accident occurred when the 18-wheeler didn’t have enough
time to stop.
The 18-wheeler had been carrying the Sunday edition of the
Fort Worth Star-Telegram. As the truck approached the first accident, the driver braked, but the
truck still plowed into several other vehicles and people before erupting
According to MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky, three women and a man were
pronounced dead at the scene.
The police said that at fifth victim – a woman – later died
at a hospital. Two more victims were hospitalized in critical condition,
and another was seriously injured but is expected to live.
A spokesperson from Fort Worth police said that the people struck by the
18-wheeler, were likely sanding in a traffic lane.
In a written statement, Segura said that the truck driver was among those
injured, but he does not appear to have serious injuries.
Ten other victims had minor injuries, according to Zavadsky.
One woman had to be airlifted by medical helicopter to Parkland Hospital
for burn treatment, Zavadsky said. Three other victims were transported
to Harris Hospital.
The Director of Operations Paul Keese of the
Star-Telegram has confirmed that the Ryder truck was transporting copies of Sunday’s paper.
Following the accident, the westbound lanes of the I-30 were closed for
Two of the women that died have been identified by the Tarrant County Medical
Examiner’s office as V. Gonzalez, 43 and M. Hernandez, 42, both
from Fort Worth.
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