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Fatality victim of the 13 car pile-up identified


It took nearly nine hours after a horrifying accident involving 13 cars and big rigs for the Northbound lanes of I-35 near Bruceville-Eddy to re-open. 

One person died in that chain reaction wreck just South of Waco. All that remained of the accident were vehicles plowed into, semi trucks smashed and bent in, and what resembles a crumbled piece of paper was another car trapped under a two-trailer truck.

State troopers, sheriff's deputies and police officers responded, and couldn't believe what they found. 24-year-old Stephen Fu was driving a white Acura that was crushed under a tractor trailer. It took nearly five hours for fire fighters to pry him out.

State troopers, fire fighters, sheriff's deputies and police officers responded, and couldn't believe what they found.

"I've been doing this for about 20 years and I've never seen anything like this, said State Trooper D.L. Wilson. 

One person was taken to Scott and White for non-life threatening injuries while several others were treated by EMS workers on the scene.

DPS helicopters were brought out to survey the accident.

Michael Euvank and his family were one of the fortunate ones. He says heavy traffic came to a stop, and then he heard a crunching noise.

"That's when I looked in the rear view mirror knowing that sound, and I saw this white semi coming fast," he said.

Investigators aren't sure how it happened either, but a thorough investigation is underway. Wilson said it could take up to a month before they know exactly how the chain reaction accident happened.

Authorities are sorting through half a dozen witness statements and video interviews from Monday. They are also using photos taken from the ground and the air to help with the investigation.

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