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Published on February 13th, 2021 | by Amirul Mukminin

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6 Dead In Massive Pileup On Texas Highway

The deadly pileup is believed to have been a result of an overnight freezing rain that caused thin ice to form on the surface of the road

Aside from the occasional heavy downpours that more often than not lead to flash floods, the Malaysian climate is practically safe for us drivers. We’re lucky we don’t have to deal with winter and extreme cold weather, which could pose harmful driving conditions. What we have here is an unfortunate example of how dangerous it can be when the weather gets cold and icy.

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At least six people were killed and dozens injured in a massive highway crash involving more than 130 vehicles in Fort Worth, Texas, last Thursday. Reports say that at least 65 people were treated at hospitals, with 36 of them taken by ambulance from the crash site, including three with critical injuries.

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The early morning pileup occurred following a night of freezing rain which left the Interstate 35 highway undriveable. Steve Goss, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, says that the ice storm came as a polar vortex — swirling air that normally sits over the Earth’s poles — has moved near the US-Canada border, resulting in colder weather farther south than usual.

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The road surface in the area was so treacherous that one of the ambulances arriving at the scene was involved in the pile-up. Even the first responders reportedly had difficulty walking on the highway. It is therefore no surprise that the aftermath of the incident was like something we usually see in a horror movie.

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Closer to home, icy roads may not be an issue but we still face a considerable amount of rainfall every year that could result in slippery roads, on top of other problems like poor visibility. For this reason, it is important to make sure that the vehicle is in tip-top condition before embarking on the journey and to remain vigilant on the road. For more tips on for safe driving tips, check out these articles: 11 Driving Tips To Avoid Mishap and 6 Useful Tips For Safe Driving This Rainy Season

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