At least six people died and dozens were injured in a crash of 133 vehicles in Texas after a massive ice storm made the roads dangerously smooth in the early hours of Thursday morning, authorities said.

The first crash occurred Wednesday at 6:15 a.m. on Interstate 35W in Fort Worth. Vehicles, including 18-wheelers and passenger cars, slipped off the road and continued to crash as the buildup increased.

“The scene we saw today is really probably different from anything any of us have seen, and we pray to God, we’ll never see it again. Our hearts, our thoughts, our prayers go out to everyone who comes from this tragic incident are negatively affected. ” Neil Noakes, the Fort Worth police chief, told FOX 4 News.

First responders will be working on I-35 near downtown Fort Worth on Thursday, February 11, 2021. According to the police, at least six people were killed and dozen injured interstate in a massive accident involving 75 to 100 vehicles on an icy Texas. (Amanda McCoy / Star-Telegram via AP)

A major ice storm stretched across the southern and midwestern United States and covered Texas, the Ohio Valley, and the Appalachians as it continued into the mid-Atlantic.

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The rare icy conditions on the road caught the drivers underprepared and resulted in a catastrophic incident. At the time of the first crashes, the temperatures were in the 20s.

First responders will be working on I-35 near downtown Fort Worth on Thursday, February 11, 2021. According to the police, at least six people were killed and dozen injured interstate in a massive accident involving 75 to 100 vehicles on an icy Texas. (Amanda McCoy / Star-Telegram via AP)

Local Service Med Star transported at least 65 people for treatment at local hospitals, the Dallas Morning News reported.

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A large number of victims were healthcare workers who reportedly wore their work scrubs and hospital badges.

Hypothermia emerged as a significant problem as rescue efforts continued. First responders found it difficult to reach potential victims as the same icy conditions caused the crash.

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Noakes said at least four police officers were injured in rescue efforts. The immense operation involved 26 fire engines, 80 police cars and 13 ambulances across the half-mile crash zone.

Some lawmakers questioned whether the area had been salted or sanded prior to the crash, and some reports indicated that the roads had not been prepared.

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North Tarrant Express, a local agency that operates Interstate 35W, said maintenance teams began pre-treating the lanes Tuesday morning in anticipation of the bad weather.

“This tragedy deserves an immediate and thorough investigation,” tweeted MP Ramon Romero Jr., “This bad weather was foreseeable and lives were lost because a private company failed to keep end of business.”

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Ramon said his office will investigate the allegations and work with the Texas Department of Transportation to find out the truth.