32-Car Crash Snarls Traffic in Arlington - NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

32-Car Crash Snarls Traffic in Arlington



    A multicar wreck in the middle of a construction zone along an Arlington highway snarled traffic Monday morning.

    A 32-car pileup shut down the northbound lanes of State Highway 360 near Abrams Road just after 5:30 a.m.

    Arlington police said a car trying to exit the highway at Division Street caused the chain-reaction crash when it slowed down.

    The area is under construction to ease gridlock caused by a bottleneck at a Union Pacific Railroad line that runs over Highway 360.

    32-Car Pileup

    [DFW] 32-Car Pileup
    A 32 car pile-up snarled traffic on Highway 360 Monday morning.
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    The $56 million project will connect frontage roads along the highway between Abrams Road and Division Street. It is expected to be completed in just more than a year.

    Drivers behind the first car were caught up in the traffic and were also trapped between concrete barriers on either side of the highway.

    Ten people were transported to hospitals with minor injuries, police said.

    Drivers said navigating Highway 360 and the construction project can be a white-knuckle experience even in the best conditions.

    "It's not good at all. It's horrible," said Lainey Davoult, of Fort Worth, who commutes to work on Highway 360. "There's like 20 feet worth of drive until you have to exit, and it gets really close to the barricade. It's really bad. Sometimes I go the back way through town because it's traffic time, and I don't want to deal with it."

    Wet roads could have been a factor in the crash. Rain formed early in the morning over the Metroplex, causing roadways to be slick.

    "Whatever the conditions may be be, whether they be rainy or icy, motorists need to drive to the conditions," Val Lopez of TxDOT said. "That applies doubly when you go through a construction zone, which means that the highways been changed in some way."

    Highway 360 reopened just after 8:30 a.m., with unwinding traffic moving slow on the highway and the access road drivers were diverted to.

    In Dallas, an 18-wheeler jackknifed in the northbound lanes of Interstate 35E at Interstate 635 at about 4:45 a.m. The wreck snarled traffic in the northbound lanes of I-30E and the westbound lanes of I-635.

    The road was cleared just after 7 a.m., just in time for the peak of rush hour traffic, but residual delays were still noticeable at 7:30 a.m.

    It was not immediately clear if weather was a direct cause of either crashes.

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