The 133 vehicle pileup that took place on February 11, 2021 – overshadowed by the devastating winter storm that took place days later – but those who experienced the pileup will never forget it. Medics who rescued drivers in the Fort Worth pileup, despite their own injuries, spoke with WFAA in reflecting on their lives a year later.
Photo credit: Thomas Costley/WFAA
February 11, 2021
The morning started off normal – the roads were fine for any motorist driving down Interstate 35W South. However, about two exits before reaching downtown Fort Worth is a bend to the left and a hill that impedes drivers’ line of vision. Drivers on their way to work had no idea that what lay ahead of them, waiting at the top of the express lanes, was black ice.
With no previous issues on the roads, motorists were driving at the posted speed of 75 mph.
At that point, anyone hitting their brakes was unable to catch the traction needed to come to a stop, with some sliding 300-400 yards.
The 911 calls that took place show the distress of individuals who were still unaware of the scope of the crash they were trapped inside.
Many of those caught in the crash were healthcare workers. Dressed in their scrubs and on their way to work, those that found themselves in the mayhem immediately began rescuing and helping others.
Trey McDaniel and Jesse Robinson were just two of the healthcare heroes who sprang into action. McDaniel, a paramedic on his way to MedStar, and Robinson, an EMT on his way to JPS Hospital, were operating off their adrenaline rush and began helping other first responders.
Operating off adrenaline was the only rhyme to reason that took place during the carnage. It was several hours before individuals’ adrenaline wore off and revealed their injuries.
Adrenaline is a hormone secreted by the adrenal glands. In situations of stress, adrenaline increases rates of blood circulation, breathing, and carbohydrate metabolism and prepares muscles for exertion. It is the stress hormone that puts our bodies in fight or flight mode and allows us to get to a safe place.
McDaniel was concussed, bleeding, and with a broken ankle. Robinson with a fractured spine and dislocated hip. Together, they helped first responders rescue more than a dozen people from cars before getting care for themselves.
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Where would be as a society if we did not have the McDaniels and Robinsons of the world who put the well-being of others before themself? Angel Reyes – Reyes Bowne Reilley recognizes the heroes of February 11. Our firm is proud to be part of the Dallas-Fort Worth community, as we never fail to pull together in times of distress.
But adrenaline is not something that occurs in extreme conditions such as February 11. Adrenaline can occur in any situation where your mind and body must go into overdrive to protect themselves. This also applies to everyday car, motorcycle, and truck accidents.
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