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Police officer critically injured after getting trapped under 18-wheeler on I-35W

One officer was able to walk away with a bloody nose, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department, which helped respond to the crash.

NORTHLAKE, Texas — One police officer was critically injured and another also had to be rescued from his trapped vehicle after a crash involving an 18-wheeler on Interstate 35W, north of Fort Worth.

The crash happened around 9 a.m. near Texas Motor Speedway and Texas 114, in Northlake.

Both officers in the crash are Northlake police officers who were in separate vehicles when an 18-wheeler crashed into them, police said.

The officers were responding to an unrelated crash on the southbound lanes of I-35W. The 18-wheeler jacknifed and crashed into the officers' vehicles, trapping them beneath the trailer, police said.

Both officers were responsive at the scene, though one was taken to a hospital in critical condition. The other officer suffered a bloody nose, according to the Fort Worth Fire Department, which helped respond to the crash.

They were both later listed as "stable," according to Northlake officials, with one officer set to be released later today. The other would remain hospitalized for observation.

The police department later identified the officer who remained hospitalized as Thomas D. Martinez, 47.

Earlier Thursday, firefighters said the 18-wheeler was believed to have been hit by, or trying to avoid, a speeding vehicle. The cause of the crash was still under investigation.

Traffic was still heavily delayed along I-35W, and would likely remain so, as officials worked to recreate the crash.

Roads were slick across North Texas on Thursday morning, and the icy conditions weren't expected to end anytime soon. Temperatures were not expected to rise much above freezing, if at all, for the rest of the day.

In Dallas County, WFAA reporters captured drivers struggling to get over Mixmaster bridges, which were frozen over, and similar conditions appeared to be in place across the region.


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