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Fatal wreck on Interstate 35W has drivers going the wrong way

Multi-vehicle wreck on I-35W kills one, stops traffic for hours

Scene from a multi-vehicle fatality accident on I-35W southbound just north of Ripy Street in Fort Worth.
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Scene from a multi-vehicle fatality accident on I-35W southbound just north of Ripy Street in Fort Worth.

The man who died in a multivehicle accident on southbound Interstate 35W near Ripy Street the morning of April 12 has been identified as Cleophus Young, age 66, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

The wreck involved an 18-wheeler and at least five other vehicles. Fort Worth police said Monday morning that Young's car was crushed by the 18-wheeler.

MedStar spokesman Matt Zavadsky said five other people were treated at the site for minor injuries.

Zavadsky said he didn't know how many vehicles were involved in the crash.

Fort Worth police reported that some drivers were going the wrong way on a southbound access road to avoid congestion.

Police dispatched units to the southbound 3400 block of Interstate 35W shortly before 5 a.m.

All lanes of the freeway had reopened by 5:30 p.m.

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Traffic piles up on Interstate 35W southbound before sunrise Thursday. Mike Forbes WFAA

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The overturned trailer still took up most of the freeway shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday. TXDOT

The city's Fort Worth Safe Communities Collaborative is tracking car crash data based on MedStar 911 calls, and has ranked the intersections where the most accidents have happened during the past year.

City cameras in Grand Prairie caught the moment that an 18-wheeler hauling fertilizer tipped over on a flyover ramp near I-20 westbound on Monday. Grand Prairie police reported that the wreck caused the flyover ramp to be shut down for 4 hours to

Stephen English: 817-390-7330, @sbenglish74
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