NTSB Continues Their Probe Of February Crash
Last February, there was a 133-car pileup that killed at least six people and injured dozens more. The National Traffic Safety Board has been investigating the incident ever since. NBCDFW has reported that more investigators are coming this week.
The agency confirmed that two investigators will be in town to conduct interviews and expects to publish a preliminary report sometime in the next few weeks. Their focus will be on how the roads were treated around the time of the crash, as well as general road treatment procedures by the local government.
911 calls of the incident revealed that there were panicked drivers calling about the ice patches that caused the deadly crash on the TexPress lanes of I-35W. The agency has been quiet about what they’ve found so far, but the report is expected to lay out the facts of the matter. There will be no analysis or recommendations in the initial report. The Texas DOT and North Tarrant Express Mobility Partners, who maintain that section of freeway, are cooperating in the investigation.
Local health and first responder agencies are also reviewing their procedures to see what they could do better if something like this were to happen again. Among the changes are a move away from telephone communication to radio communcation, and more training with ambulance buses.