Rebecca Benson, Nurse Caught in Texas Pileup, Crawls Out of Car to Work Hospital Shift

A Texas nurse crawled out of a 100-car pileup in Fort Worth that left six dead and reported for work.

Thirty-six others were transported to nearby hospitals following the accident, according to fire officials, on Interstate 35W that occurred as a winter storm dropped snow on parts of the U.S.

Rebecca Benson described to ABC's World News Tonight she only saw the accident ahead of her when it was too late.

"While I was coming around the corner, I see the cars in front of me," she said. "I'm trying to not spin out and to figure out if I can stop. I mean, my foot was as close to going through the floorboard as it possibly could be. And I realized that there's no stopping.

"So, there was a Coca-Cola semi and a car hauler semi that had kind of made almost like a triangle. So, I wanted the car there and prayed to God that I would be okay and that's when I hit them."

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Rescue services attending to the incident on I-35W on Thursday. Nurse Rebecca Benson escaped a 100-car pileup on the highway before heading to work to finish her shift. Fort Worth Fire Department/Twitter

Benson described the harrowing experience of sitting in her car as vehicles piled into the back of it.

"I looked in my rearview mirror and can see all of these cars heading towards me. So I think that was the scariest part, knowing that I survived this part but now the chances of me getting completely smashed by all the cars and semis behind me.

She was only able to get out of her vehicle when somebody opened the trunk for her.

"I could hear something on my roof and saw little legs coming down my windshield. Somebody ended up opening the back of my car and asking if I was okay. And then I was able to actually get out, because all my doors were completely blocked," she said.

After getting free from the wreck, Benson called a co-worker who happened to be nearby.

"So I talked to one of the police officers, I was like, 'Can I leave my car here and go hitch a ride with my co-worker?' So, I hopped the barrier, literally walked up the highway down to him," Benson said.

After arriving at hospital, Benson worked half a shift. It was only then she visited the hospital herself, on her husband's suggestion.

"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," Benson said. "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."

The Texas Department of Transportation agency (TxDOT) sent out this statement after the incident:

"Our thoughts are with the families of those involved in deadly crashes across the state in this tragic winter weather event TxDOT is committed to the safety of drivers. During all winter weather events, TxDOT undertakes proactive, advance measures such as pretreating its roads, which can help prevent ice from sticking to the roadway.

"Conditions on roadways can change rapidly, and unfortunately, even with proactive measures the unpredictable and fast-changing severe Texas weather can still result in some ice accumulating.

"As we have done since earlier this week, TxDOT will continue to inform drivers on weather and road conditions; encourage them to only travel when necessary; and drive to the conditions on the roadway."