A major highway in Texas was the scene of a horrific accident that involved dozens of vehicles, spanned over 1.5 miles, and was responsible for at least 6 deaths.
Thanks to a cold snap, this stretch of freeway became suddenly slick with ice, with over 100 vehicles losing control and becoming a part of the chaos this week.
Social media users were quick to share images from the scene.
About 100 vehicles were involved in a pileup on an icy highway in Fort Worth, Texas Thursday (2/11). At least five people were killed and many others were trapped in their cars, according to the Forth Worth Police Department. pic.twitter.com/HTAQsE8NcT
— CBS Newspath (@cbsnewspath) February 11, 2021
100 vehicle pileup accident in Texas yesterday ??? pic.twitter.com/W9mldk2EL3
— Juststacy ? (@he_lovesmy) February 11, 2021
But for all of the carnage and the danger, one woman is making headlines for her determination in the face of this car and truck catastrophe.
Rebecca Benson, a nurse at a north Texas hospital, was travelling to work at around 6:30am when her car began to slide on the icy roads of Interstate 35.
“I’m trying to not spin out and to figure out if I can stop. I mean, my foot was as close to going through the floorboard as it possibly could be,” Ms Benson told ABC’s World News Tonight.
She quickly realised that there was “no stopping”, and her car crashed into the back of a Coca-Cola truck, before several other cars piled into her vehicle and the ones behind her.
What Rebecca did next was truly incredible.
Ms Benson was later helped out of her car, which was pinned between other vehicles, by another motorist.
The nurse told ABC that once she was out of her car, she called one of her colleagues, who gave her a lift to the hospital where she works.
She confirmed that she eventually got herself checked out by doctors later in the day after her husband urged her too.
Benson says that she was bruised, and was suffering from a bit of neck and back pain, but is “blessed” to be doing as well as that.
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