User Login    
 + Register
News : Massive Pileup On I-94 Kills 3, More Than 20 Hurt
Posted by Randy on 2014/1/24 4:12:39 (615 reads) News by the same author

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) -- Crews are continuing work to remove wreckage from a deadly pileup in northwestern Indiana involving more than 40 vehicles on a main highway between Chicago and Detroit.

Click to see original Image in a new window

State police say three people died Thursday and more than 20 were injured in the crash on a snowy stretch of eastbound Interstate 94 near Michigan City, about 60 miles east of Chicago.

Cpl. Daniel Becker says the eastbound lanes remained closed Friday morning and that it could be several more hours before the numerous semitrailers and other vehicles would be cleared.

Police say snow and whiteout conditions contributed to the pileup. The National Weather Service says lake-effect snow brought 1 to 2 inches an hour at the time of the afternoon wreck and reduced visibility to a quarter-mile or less.


Click to see original Image in a new window


For hours, traffic on a busy interstate that connects Chicago to Detroit stood still, blocked by a massive pileup involving more than 40 vehicles, many of them semitrailers.

Three people died Thursday and more than 20 were injured - including one critically - in the accident on a snowy stretch of eastbound Interstate 94 in northwestern Indiana. At least one person was trapped in a vehicle for hours before authorities could come to the rescue, Indiana State Police said.

Snow and whiteout conditions were contributing factors, state police said late Thursday night. A band of heavy lake-effect snow was reported on Thursday afternoon when the pileup began, dropping 1 to 2 inches of snow per hour and reducing visibility to a quarter-mile or less, National Weather Service meteorologist Evan Bentley said.

The eastbound lanes of I-94 were to be closed overnight as cranes and wreckers helped clear the scene and investigators tried to determine the chain of events, state police said, noting the investigation could take several weeks.

Photos showed semitrailers and mangled passenger vehicles jammed together the width of the highway near an overpass. Some passenger cars were sandwiched in the wreckage. I-94 is the main highway heading east from Chicago to Michigan and Indiana, and the crash happened near Michigan City, about 60 miles from Chicago.

Drivers stuck in the backup could only wait and try to stay warm as temperatures hovered around 10 degrees.

Stacey Johnson, 37, had a family emergency and was traveling from western Michigan to Tennessee with her three sons, ages 3, 9 and 10. She told The Associated Press she'd researched road conditions before leaving because she was worried about the weather. She didn't know about the accident until traffic started crawling and then stopped.

Nearly five hours later, long after she'd planned to stop for dinner, her car was still sitting on the westbound side of highway. A woman in the car next to hers noticed she had children with her and offered cereal, popcorn and fruit to tide them over.

Scott Collins, 17, of Chesterton, Ind., was riding in a car with three other teens and saw the crash happen just behind them.

"One of the semis started sliding and I think it jackknifed in the middle of the road" and collided with another semi, he said. "After that happened, multiple semis locked up. ... We were pretty nervous."

Indiana State Police Sgt. Ann Wojas said 20 to 30 people were injured, including one with life-threatening injuries and another who was flown by medical helicopter to a hospital.

Franciscan St. Anthony Health in Michigan City had received at least 10 patients, hospital president Dr. Jim Callaghan said. Six people were taken to IU Health LaPorte Hospital, a nursing supervisor said. Porter Regional Hospital also received patients, Wojas said.

Police said city buses were brought in to warm stranded motorists and transport the injured, though Johnson said she hadn't seen them. But she felt fortunate that she'd gotten gas before leaving Michigan.

"If it weren't for the fact that I have a full tank and a safe car, this could be a really dangerous situation," she said.

Printer Friendly Page Send this Story to a Friend Create a PDF from the article


Other articles
2015/8/3 17:30:21 - Services Set For Eric Lorenz
2015/8/3 7:24:58 - Memphis Officer Killed During Traffic Stop, Person Of Interest In Custody
2015/8/3 6:53:42 - 9-Year-Old Bat Boy Dies After Being Struck By Bat At KS Game
2015/8/3 6:50:00 - Two Teens Injured in Accident Near Utica
2015/8/3 6:29:05 - Cameron Man Injured In Early Morning Accident
2015/8/3 5:44:57 - Man Attacks Neighbors With Ax
2015/8/3 4:25:25 - Company Asks Missouri To Rethink Grain Belt Express Power Line
2015/8/3 4:21:56 - Country Showdown Winner From Kansas City
2015/8/3 4:16:51 - More Drownings This Year in Missouri Than All Of Last Year
2015/8/3 4:05:12 - Woman Sues Credit Reporting Firms For Declaring Her Dead
2015/8/2 9:59:36 - Trenton Firefighter Dies In Accident
2015/7/31 6:50:00 - Chillicothe To Receive New 79 Room Hotel
2015/7/31 6:40:00 - Rabbit, Poultry And Dairy Show Results From NCM Fair
2015/7/31 4:53:31 - Wheat Yields Good In MU Variety Tests
2015/7/31 4:48:25 - Carthage Couple To Stand Trial In Abuse Of 1-Month-Old Baby
2015/7/31 4:39:49 - Feds: Man's Own Security System Caught Him Dealing Drugs
2015/7/31 4:35:24 - Woman Rushes To Ailing Mom's Side, Leaves 4 Young Children Home Alone
2015/7/31 4:26:49 - Harrison County Man Arrested For Abuse After Child Found On Highway
2015/7/31 4:21:54 - "Exorcism" At Public Park Caught On Camera
2015/7/31 4:18:14 - Woman Accused Of Getting 13-Year-Old Drunk, Raping Him
2015/7/31 4:09:51 - Country Showdown Begins At 7:30 Tonight At NCM Fair
2015/7/31 4:03:01 - Livingston County Sheriff Hires New Deputy
2015/7/31 3:59:24 - Chillicothe Police Department Blotter
2015/7/31 3:57:05 - Chillicothe Police Department To Hold Softball Event
2015/7/30 14:21:48 - Endangered Person Advisory Issued For Missing Princeton Girl
2015/7/30 7:54:33 - Circuit Court In Trenton Sees A Variety Of Cases
2015/7/30 6:46:10 - Northwest Missouri Man Injured In Tuesday Night Accident
2015/7/30 6:40:44 - Two Trenton Residents Injured In Schuyler County Accident
2015/7/30 6:30:00 - Trenton Man Charged With Domestic Assault
2015/7/30 6:26:05 - Iowa Man Injured In Accident South Of Eagleville



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM