FORT WORTH, Texas – At least five people died Thursday in an accident involving 75 to 100 vehicles on a Texas highway that was slippery from ice formed in the wake of an intense winter storm, authorities said.
The number of injured was still unknown as relief forces were still working on the accident on Interstate 35 near downtown Fort Worth, police said, who set up a family reunification center at a community center.
The winter storm that dumped freezing rain, sleet and snow across parts of the United States.
Further south, in Austin, more than 20 vehicles were involved in a collision on an icy road and one person was injured, emergency services authorities said.
Elsewhere, ice storms were forecast from Arkansas to Kentucky. The National Weather Service predicted another winter storm that would bring snow to mid-zone states on the Atlantic coast.
More than 125,000 homes and businesses were without power Thursday morning, mostly in Kentucky and West Virginia, according to the website poweroutage.us, which monitors utilities.
Meanwhile, authorities in Kentucky were asking people to stay home due to winter conditions.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said state offices would be closed due to bad weather. He declared a state of emergency, freeing up relief funds and helping agencies coordinate as they respond to reports of slippery roads and downed power lines.
Crews were responding to numerous calls for downed tree limbs and power lines, Lexington police said in a tweet in which they also asked people not to come out, “unless absolutely necessary.”
Information obtained from: elpasotimes.com
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