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Official update from I35W wreck: 135 vehicles, six fatalities, 65 hurt

Officials from the Fort Worth Fire Department, Fort Worth Police Department, and MedStar EMS have released additional details regarding the multi-vehicle accident today on Interstate 35W.

As originally reported, multiple 9-1-1 calls came into dispatch around 6:00am regarding a significant crash on the southbound side of I35W express near Northside Drive.

When emergency responders arrived, the crash was still occurring.

All in all, 135 vehicles were involved in the crash, according to Fort Worth PD. Six people have been found deceased in the wreckage, including a 45-year-old man and a 34-year-old woman, both from the area.

MedStar EMS ambulances and the agency’s AMBUS (Ambulance Bus Unit) transported a total of 36 people to local hospitals. 29 people sought medical care after the crash, bringing the total to 65 people injured.

As of 9:30pm, crews remain on the scene clearing up debris and wreckage.

More winter weather is expected to impact North Texas in the coming week. Please, if you must travel, use extreme caution, especially on elevated roadways and overpasses where ice can form.

DFW airspace temporarily closed for second time in a week for COVID cleaning at FAA site

The Federal Aviation Administration has reopened airspace over the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex following a second round of comprehensive cleaning at their Fort Worth, Texas air traffic control center. The temporary closure, which lasted around 30 minutes this evening, stopped all flights to and from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field.

This is the second closure at the FAA Air Traffic Control Center in a week. Last Wednesday, December 30th, the administration announced they were issuing a ground stop of all air traffic in and out of Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field while personnel cleaned the facility. During the ground stop last Wednesday, which took place for an hour and twenty minutes, all FAA employees left the building to allow for the cleaning. The FAA issued a statement indicating the cleaning was required due to an employee testing positive for the Coronavirus days before.

According to FAA records, another employee at their facility test positive for the Coronavirus on Saturday, January 2nd. The temporary closure this evening, which lasted around 30 minutes, was to allow for another round of cleaning at their site.

The FAA Air Traffic Control Center handles high-level air traffic in several states. They employee 380 employees at their site located along FAA Blvd just SH-360. They control the airspace around the DFW Metroplex.

Both the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport and Dallas Love Field took to social media to advise travelers that it was the FAA, not the individual airports, that closed the airspace.

Temporary closures may be needed in the future if additional FAA employees test positive for the Coronavirus. Stay tuned for any future closures.

Young girl not injured after random bullet hits window at her Arlington home

The Arlington Police Department is investigating a random gunfire incident that occurred overnight in a quiet north Arlington neighborhood.

Joyce Atayde was at her home in the area of Interstate 30 and NW Green Oaks Blvd around 1:00am when her young daughter reported hearing a loud boom in her bedroom. Joyce and her husband originally thought it was a tree branch falling on the roof, but when they went into their daughter’s bedroom, they found a bullet had impacted the window and lodged itself into the carpet.

Thankfully, their daughter was in bed at the time. The bullet landed where Joyce’s daughter sits and reads her books.

The Ataydes called 9-1-1 and reported the incident to Arlington police, but their officers were busy working several shooting calls, including two that were fatal. An officer came out earlier this morning to take evidence and write a report on the incident.

“My daughter doesn’t want to sleep in her bedroom anymore,” said Joyce. The incident has traumatized the family.

Arlington police told her the chances of catching the person responsible are slim to none.

Celebratory and random gunfire is a Class A Misdemeanor in the State of Texas. It is punishable by a fine of up to $4,000 and up to a year in jail. If caught, a charge of Deadly Conduct could cost you $10,000 and jail time. Remember: what does up must come down. Do not celebrate New Year’s Eve, July 4th, or any holiday with celebratory gunfire. It could cost the life of an innocent person.

Mother and two kids killed in Parker County crash

The Texas Department of Public Safety is investigating a fatality accident that occurred this afternoon along Highway 199 just west of Springtown in Parker County.

At 12:35pm, Parker County Emergency Services District #1, Lifecare EMS, and multiple law enforcement agencies responded to Highway 199 at Park View Court in regards to a major accident.

DPS Troopers believe an SUV was driving east on Highway 199 behind a pickup truck when the pickup truck slowed to turn left onto Park View Court. The driver of the SUV failed to slow and veered to the left in an attempt to avoid hitting the pickup truck. The SUV clipped the back of pickup truck, causing the SUV to slide into oncoming traffic. An oncoming vehicle broadsided the SUV.

The driver of the SUV, identified as a 25-year-old woman, and two children, identified as a 7-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl, were all pronounced deceased at the scene. Another driver was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

Lanes of Highway 199 were closed while DPS Troopers investigated the scene.

Intoxicated driver causes crash that kills pedestrian in Lewisville

The Lewisville Police Department is investigating a fatality accident that occurred on Friday night in the 400 block of Highland Drive near Club Ridge Drive. The crash happened around 8:00pm.

According to police, a vehicle traveling east on Highland Drive veered into oncoming traffic, hit a vehicle head-on, and then crashed off the roadway, striking two pedestrians who were walking along the sidewalk.

One of the pedestrians, identified as an 18-year-old male from Houston, was pronounced deceased at the scene. The second, a juvenile, was critically injured and transported by Lewisville EMS to Children’s Dallas hospital. The juvenile was hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The two were brothers.

The driver of the vehicle, a 31-year-old woman, was arrested and transported to jail on suspicion of intoxicated driving. She has been charged with Intoxication Assault and Intoxication Manslaughter.

Pilot of experimental aircraft killed in crash near Spinks Airport

Multiple emergency responders were called to the scene of an aircraft today at around 2:30pm this afternoon.

According to radio transmissions from the Spinks air traffic control tower, the pilot of the experimental aircraft indicated he was unable to gain altitude in his aircraft and started his return to the airport. The tower notified the pilot of smoke coming from the aircraft’s engine. The pilot was attempting to land at Spinks after the in-flight emergency when he crashed about a half mile south of the airport.

Burleson firefighters, Medstar paramedics, and multiple police agencies were all dispatched to the scene. They located one airplane upside down in a parking lot at 605 E. Renfro Street. Paramedics pronounced the pilot of the plane deceased on the scene. There were no other occupants.

Aircraft information indicates the pilot and aircraft were registered out of Burleson. The plane was identified as an experimental aircraft called a Sonex.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be leading the investigation into the crash.

McKinney firefighters rescue woman from roof of burning home

The McKinney Fire Department rescued a resident from her burning home early Sunday morning after she ran back inside to get her cell phone.

McKinney firefighters were called to a two-story home in the 6300 block of Avalon Woods Drive early yesterday morning after a fire was reported at the house. The resident was able to get everyone out of the house, but ran back inside to get her cell phone. Unfortunately, she was unable to get back outside and had to retreat to the roof.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, they were able to rescue her from the roof.

Two people were treated for burns and smoke inhalation injuries. They are expected to be OK.

“If a fire breaks out in your home, you have just a few minutes to get out safely,” said McKinney Fire Marshal Mike Smith. “Close doors as you leave and don’t go back inside for any reason.”

Photo: Michael O’Keefe, First Response Photography

American Airlines flight steers off taxiway at DFW Airport; no injuries

An American Airlines airplane suffered a minor steering issue this morning, causing the plane to steer off the taxiway and into the grassy median at the Dallas – Fort Worth International Airport.

A statement from American Airlines says Flight 3431, which had just landed from Manhattan, Kansas, successfully landed at DFW Airport and was in the process of taxiing to the gate, when a steering issue occurred. This issue caused the plane to leave the pavement.

An emergency response from the DFW Airport Department of Public Safety was dispatched, but all was found to be OK.

There were no injuries on board the aircraft. A line of buses carried passengers from the plane to their gate.

American Airlines’ maintenance team is inspecting the airplane to evaluate the issue. Envoy Air is the operator.

Intoxicated driver hits, seriously injures Irving firefighter working a crash

An Irving firefighter has been hospitalized with “severe injuries” after an intoxicated driver drove into a crash scene overnight along Highway 183 in Irving.

The Irving Police Department says multiple emergency responders were working a crash along the 3100 block of State Highway 183. The crash had temporarily shut down all lanes of the highway. As firefighters and paramedics were tending to the accident, an intoxicated driver traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes crashed into the scene and struck one of the firefighters.

The injured firefighter was transported by his fellow paramedics to Parkland Hospital for treatment of severe injuries.

Irving police quickly arrested the driver, now identified as a 23-year-old female from Arlington, and have charged her with Intoxication Assault.

Information indicates the 30-year-old firefighter is currently in stable condition, but sedated as healthcare workers continue to monitor his progress. He has been with the Irving Fire Department for four and a half years.

“The Irving Police Department is asking everyone to keep the Irving Firefighter and Irving Fire Department in your prayers during this time.”

Missing man found dead in Hood County, reportedly killed by mountain lion

The Hood County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a missing person / wild animal attack that occurred on Thursday near Lipan in far northwest Hood County.

On Thursday afternoon, a 9-1-1 call came into the Sheriff’s Office reporting a missing person from the 15000 block of Howell Road southwest of Lipan. When sheriffs deputies arrived, they started searching the area for the man, who was last seen on Wednesday.

As officers were searching a wooded area near the house, they located the man deceased from traumatic injuries. A preliminary autopsy conducted by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office indicates the man was killed by a wild animal, possibly a mountain lion.

The Hood County Sheriff’s Office has contacted a Governmental Trapper with the USDA, who specializes in tracking and removing mountain lions. The Hood County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Game Wardens, and the Governmental Trapper are working on locating the mountain lion.

“The public in the Lipan area are urged to be mindful of their surroundings and keep young children and animals inside at night,” said a statement from the Sheriff’s Office.

“The safety of Hood County Citizens are my priority one, but please don’t interfere with the process of locating the animal and stay clear of the area being actively worked by officials.”


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