Nurse crawls out of boot after deadly 133-car pile-up, goes to work

Yahoo News Staff
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A nurse has crawled from her car out of the boot and gone to work after a crash involving 133 cars killed six people.

Icy roads led to a pile-up on Thursday morning (local time) in Fort Worth, in the US state of Texas.

At least six people were killed in the collision and 65 others were treated at hospitals for injuries, including three initially listed in critical condition, fire and rescue officials told reporters later in the day.

Rebecca Benson, who was on her way to work, was among those who were trapped, but her husband, Ryan, told Fox 4 she managed to crawl out of the back of her car.

Rebecca Benson is pictured alongside her car which she crawled out of following a crash in Texas.
Rebecca Benson crawled out of the back of her car (right) after she became stuck in a 133-car pile-up following a serious crash. Source: Fox 4

Mr Benson told the station his wife realised she had little control of her car as it slid across the ice so she tried to steer the car the safest area she could go: between two 18 wheelers.

"I told her I would not have chosen that because my mind would鈥檝e thought I would鈥檝e been pinned inside those 18 wheelers," Ryan told Fox 35.

"Well, this is the emergency medicine. This is her career kicking in."

Cars and trucks are wedged together after a deadly multi-vehicle pileup on the ice covered I-35 in a still image from video in Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
Cars and trucks are wedged together following the crash. Source: Reuters

Ms Benson told US news outlet ABC after she stopped she heard footsteps on the roof of her car and someone opened the boot asking if she was okay. She couldn鈥檛 use any of the other doors as they were blocked.

The nurse鈥檚 day wasn鈥檛 over though and after calling a colleague she hitched a ride to work at the children鈥檚 hospital where she did half a shift before her husband told her to check in herself.

"My husband was like, 'We need to get to the hospital.' So I worked until things kind of cleared up, and then got a ride and came to the hospital to get checked out," Ms Benson told ABC.

"I have neck pain, shoulder pain, and my left elbow is bruised to the high heavens and, you know, typical aches and pains that you would have. But I am unbelievably blessed."

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