Three people died and more than 20 others were injured Thursday in a
massive pileup involving tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles on
Interstate 94 in northwestern Indiana.
The Indiana State Police
said one injured person remained trapped several hours after the series
of crashes, which occurred about 3:30 p.m. near Michigan City, Ind.,
between Exits 26 and 40. Police blamed the pileup, which involved about
15 semis and 15 other vehicles, on whiteout conditions from a
lake-effect storm blowing through the region.
All eastbound lanes
were closed, and several state roads were either closed or blocked in
what was called a "critical disruption" of traffic. Traffic was being
rerouted slowly on the westbound lanes.
White-out conditions also caused several other crashes on I-94, which troopers called "impassable."
Drivers were urged to avoid the area, about 50 miles east of Chicago.