An I-94 pileup has left 3 drivers dead, dozens of other victims injured, and a dog slain this week. The huge crash was said to have likely occurred due to slick roads and whiteout conditions, with the heavy snow and wind making overall visibility poor for motorists. The Inquisitr shares this Friday, Jan. 24, 2014, that the devastating accident happened this Thursday evening and closed the busy Indiana interstate for several hours.
The fatal crash on I-94 included over 40 vehicles, 15 of those being large semi-trucks. Officials on scene have confirmed that 3 people are dead and over 20 others have suffered a variety of injuries. This Friday, highway authorities disclosed that a couple from Michigan was killed as well as a man from Chicago and his dog. As of this morning, clean-up crews were still working to clear the considerable damage and debris left behind from the chain-reaction pileup.
A majority of the injuries that drivers and passengers sustained in the I-94 pileup were said to be from a number of smaller cars sliding and being pinned underneath the semi-trucks and other big rigs in the freezing weather. At least several victims were said to be stuck for hours and suffered critical injuries.
The exact cause of the huge accident has not been determined yet, but the powerful snow and winds this Thursday, as well as dangerous conditions that led to this whiteout crash, were all said to be “contributing factors toward the I-94 pileup, not far from Michigan City, Indiana.”
According to the press release:
“A band of heavy lake-effect snow was dropping up to two inches of snow per hour, making visibility less than a quarter-mile at the time of the wreck, National Weather Service reported.
LaPorte County coroner John Sullivan said early Friday that Thomas Wolma, 67, and his 65-year-old wife Marilyn, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, were killed when they were caught up in the massive I-94 crash as they were returning home after taking care of a relative in Wisconsin. The third victim is Jerry Dalrymple, 65, of Chicago, Sullivan said, he was killed in his car, along with his dog being slain.”
Authorities are still advising commuters to steer clear of the wreck site as of Friday morning.