User Login    
 + Register
PDQ Cleaning
News : Massive Pileup On I-94 Kills 3, More Than 20 Hurt
Posted by Randy on 2014/1/24 4:12:39 (525 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
2015/2/27 9:41:34 - Indiana May Allow "Baby Boxes" For Surrendering Newborns
2015/2/27 9:30:33 - 8 Shot To Death, Including Gunman In Missouri Rampage
2015/2/27 7:28:59 - Gallatin Board Of Aldermen Meeting Report
2015/2/27 4:21:18 - FCC Adopts Net Neutrality Rules To Ban Internet Discrimination
2015/2/27 4:15:34 - Jurors Find Missouri Man Not Guilty Of Murder
2015/2/27 4:12:29 - Police: Body Found In Kansas City Well Identified
2015/2/27 4:04:00 - CDC Looking Into Dangerous Bacteria In Doctors' Offices
2015/2/27 3:57:34 - Branson EMT, Joplin Couple Among Those Indicted for Child Sexual Exploitation
2015/2/26 10:18:02 - Livingston County Sheriff Reports Recent Activities
2015/2/26 9:15:56 - Laredo Man Faces Multiple Charges In Grundy County
2015/2/26 9:13:10 - North Mercer, Princeton Students Receive Kauffman Scholarship
2015/2/26 9:10:03 - Trenton Ministerial Alliance To Hold Event
2015/2/26 8:49:46 - Associate Division Circuit Court News At Trenton
2015/2/26 6:37:05 - Spickard Man Faces Multiple Charges In Grundy County
2015/2/26 4:09:54 - Right To Farm Opponents Argue Ballot Language In Court
2015/2/26 4:06:29 - Manhunt Continues For Missouri Man Accused Of Domestic Assault
2015/2/26 4:03:29 - Columbia Man In Jail After Making Threatening Phone Calls
2015/2/26 4:00:27 - Prescription Drug Database Bill Endorsed By Missouri House
2015/2/26 3:54:39 - Missouri Traffic Stop Yields 400 Pounds Of Pot-Laced Chocolate Bars
2015/2/26 3:50:12 - Spacewalking Astronaut Safe After Water Leaks Into Helmet
2015/2/26 3:46:06 - St. Joseph Man Sentenced For Attempted Murder Of An Informant
2015/2/25 10:59:05 - Milan Wildcats Pounce To 72-60 District Win Over Marceline
2015/2/25 10:42:54 - Mercer Boys Win District Thriller Over Green City, 54-53
2015/2/25 10:30:00 - No Easy Solution For Highway 65 / 28th Street Intersection At Trenton
2015/2/25 10:27:07 - Trenton Lady Bulldogs Spring District Upset Of Richmond, Play Chillicothe Thursday
2015/2/25 10:19:19 - Trenton Board Of Public Works Meets
2015/2/25 10:16:39 - Milan Wildcat Coaches Shows For Thursday, 2/26/15
2015/2/25 8:50:00 - Trenton Bulldog Coaches Shows For Wednesday, 2/25/15
2015/2/25 6:37:37 - Two Trenton Men Face Charges In Grundy County Court
2015/2/25 6:26:01 - NCMC Board Of Trustees Meeting Report



Bookmark this article at these sites

                   

Listen to KTTN-FM