FORT WORTH — One adult and two children were injured in a crash Tuesday morning that left both southbound and northbound lanes on Interstate 35W shut down near the Rosedale Street exit.
Some time around 10 a.m. Tuesday, three 18-wheelers and one car collided in the northbound lane in between Rosedale and Allen. If that wasn’t enough, police say one of the trucks then tipped over, spilling sand into the southbound lane. And another truck leaked radiator fluid and diesel fuel.
Crews had to shut down both directions of traffic while the cleaned the enormous mess. In all, the highway was shut for about four hours.
“It was sort of a chain reaction accident,” said Tracey Knight of the Fort Worth Police Department. “It is believed that speed was a factor, and following too closely was also a factor.”
Across three lanes of traffic on the highway frontage road Tuesday, Scott Walker expressed his frustrations to News 8. Along with countless others, he was stuck in an hours-long back-up on I-35W, forcing him to miss a job opportunity.
“There’s no movement -— people are going backwards up the ramp,” he said. “I’m losing work, and work is hard to come by.”
According to MedStar, six people in total were involved in the wreck. The 20-year-old driver of the white vehicle, along with a two-year-old and a six-month-old in her car, were taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
Who was at fault is still under investigation.