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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke February 3, 2022

Photo shows a 2021 pileup in Fort Worth, Texas, not a crash in Eminence, Indiana

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  • This photo was taken in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2021 after freezing rain coated the roads there and caused a deadly crash. It wasn’t taken in Eminence, Indiana, as a recent Facebook post claimed. 

With wintry weather striking many regions of the United States, photos are emerging from across the country showing snow plows, icy roads, and big drifts of snow. 

But one old picture is being mischaracterized as showing the aftermath of a crash in Eminence, Indiana. 

"This is currently at state road 42 and state road 142 in downtown Eminence, Indiana," a Feb. 2 post says, alongside a photo of a treacherous-looking pileup of cars and trucks. "Black ice! Drive safe folks! Right by the Citizens Bank and Dairyland. Prayers to all involved." 

But this photo was taken last year, and about 900 miles southwest of Eminence. 

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Photographer Lawrence Jenkins took it on Feb. 11, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas, where 133 vehicles crashed after freezing rain coated the roads there, sending dozens of people to the hospital and leaving at least six dead, the Dallas Morning News reported at the time. 

North Texas and Central Indiana are both experiencing wintry weather, but this photo doesn’t show it. 

We rate this miscaptioned post False. 


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