Three people have died and more than 20 were injured in a giant accident on I-94 in Indiana on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014. ABC News reported that the I-94 pileup involved tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles in northwestern Indiana, and has whiteout snow conditions to blame.
The Indiana State Police said that one injured person actually remained trapped for several hours after one crash led to another then to another and so on.
"They're still trying to get to all the vehicles. They are cutting and extricating the vehicles," LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan told The Associated Press amid the rescue effort.
It was around 3:30 p.m. that the I-94 pileup began near Michigan City, Indiana, between Exits 26 and 40. All in all, police say there were about 15 semis and 15 other vehicles involved in the crash, and the whiteout conditions ended up being the primary cause.
All eastbound lanes of I-94 were closed, and a number of state roads were either closed or blocked in what police were calling a "critical disruption" of traffic.
Traffic was being rerouted on the westbound lanes, but very slowly.
Indiana State Troopers said that a number of other crashes on I-94 caused other pileups that made the major highway virtually "impassable."