Since many of us rely on cars for daily transportation, it’s easy to forget that driving always poses a potential risk. Cars are heavy machinery, and accidents can happen to anyone. Fortunately, fire departments and emergency crews are prepared to do whatever it takes to save lives in the event of a crash.
On the morning of February 11th, 2021, a major pileup occurred outside of Fort Worth Texas. Close to 100 vehicles were involved in the crash, resulting in wreckage nearly a mile-long. Freezing rain made the southbound lanes of the highway slick and icy, making it extremely difficult for the vehicles involved to stop in time. Several large trucks were also involved in the tragic crash, which proved fatal for some and injured many others.
Medics and firefighters went from vehicle to vehicle, finding more victims every few minutes. Several ended up trapped inside their cars and needed to be extricated.
Heroes Rescue People And Their Pups From The Crash
While it’s emergency responders’ job to rescue people, they also help furry friends whenever possible. An incredible eyewitness video shows a firefighter retrieving a black dog from a truck wedged between two other vehicles. The Fire Department also shared a photo of crews holding a brown and white dog who appeared uninjured.
As is protocol, the rescue crews brought the dog to a nearby shelter. Fortunately, that dog was soon reunited with a family member. A veterinarian on site assessed him and found no injuries. This pup and at least one other are lucky to have come out of such a horrible crash and thank goodness for the emergency crews committed to saving them.
In a statement, Forth Worth Mayor Betsy Price expressed sadness and appreciation for those concerned:
“Our community is pouring out support, and I know that so many of you are asking for a way to help. Right now, what Fort Worth needs most is your prayers — for the families, the injured and the first responders. We will share updates in the coming days with any additional ways to support those in need during this difficult time.”
One extra concern for dogs involved in car crashes is the possibility of them running away. Frightened and confused dogs emerging from accidents have a programmed fear response: to run. If injured, this move can end up causing them more harm than good. That’s especially true in cases like this one, where hypothermia was also a concern.
Since dogs can’t understand car accidents and how to survive one, it’s great that first responders are there to help them out too. This story is still developing, and hopefully the survivors continue on the mend.
Featured Image: @FortWorthFire/Twitter