Four killed in chain reaction crash on I-35W in Fort Worth

by Benjamin Treviño | September 19th, 2023 | Auto Accident, Fatal Crash

FORT WORTH — Four people were killed and two others were reported in critical condition following a September 18 multi-vehicle collision on northbound Interstate 35W in Fort Worth.

The deceased have been identified as 31-year-old Susana Longoria, 25-year-old Chase Mapes, 23-year-old Kiara Barker, and 21-year-old Jasmine Jones.

Fort Worth police said the incident began about 9:00 p.m. with a minor collision involving two vehicles on the northbound lanes of I-35W between Berry Street and Felix Street. After those two vehicles had moved to the shoulder of the highway to assist each other, a truck stopped to provide further help, partially blocking the roadway.

An 18-wheeler then collided with the two pulled-over vehicles, and a second 18-wheeler then collided with the truck, police said. Police at the scene told reporters that it was too early to determine what caused the 18-wheelers to crash into the vehicles, what caused the initial incident that spurred the other collisions, or which victims belonged to which vehicles.

According to news reports, the crash occurred near the apex of a subtle incline in the roadway, and police acknowledged it might’ve been difficult for drivers to see the initial crash.


Post-crash safety

The above crash serves as a reminder that driver and passenger safety should be paramount in the wake of any car accident. The J. Gonzalez Law Firm has compiled the following list of basic safety tips to keep in mind in hopes that it will reduce further deaths and injury after a crash has occurred.

It’s safest to exit a roadway after a crash, even if continuing to drive will cause more damage to the car. If it’s not possible to exit a busy highway or interstate, it’s best to pull over on the right shoulder. In some cases, it might be safest for drivers to leave their car behind and seek safety on foot.

Crash witnesses can still stop their cars to get out and render aid, but it is always safest for bystanders to call 911 and offer as much information as possible.

If you do stop, do not block traffic with your vehicle. Failure to stop after a collision can result in criminal penalties. Turn off your ignition to guard against fire. Stay at the scene of the accident.

Warn oncoming automobiles of any traffic hazards. At night, leave your lights on or set out traffic flares if possible. You may be liable for damages to approaching drivers unless they are properly warned.

Assist anyone who may be injured. Stop any bleeding. Provide other first aid if you can. Call for an ambulance if necessary. Do not move a seriously injured person unless absolutely necessary, because movement can increase injuries.

Telephone the police and cooperate fully with the investigating officers.

If you are involved in a hit-and-run collision, it is especially important that you notify the police immediately. Write down the names and badge numbers of all investigating officers. Be sure to notice whether the officer is a city police officer (and which city) or a Department of Public Safety officer.

Personal injury legal help

The personal injury lawyers at the J. Gonzalez Law Firm understand the trauma that follows a serious car crash. Our law firm is committed to delivering personal guidance to help you recover the compensation you need to cover medical bills, lost wages, and future costs.

A free consultation with the J. Gonzalez Law Firm is the first step to returning to a normal, productive future. Call us today at 1-800-CAR-CRASH.




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