Three dead, over 20 injured in pileup on I-94 in Indiana - 13 WTHR Indianapolis

Three dead, over 20 injured in pileup on I-94 in Indiana

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Indiana State Police say two people were critically injured in the massive pileup on Interstate 94 in northern Indiana in which three people were killed.

The accident happened near Michigan City, which is about a 60-mile drive from Chicago.

Authorities say those killed are 67-year-old Thomas Wolma and 65-year-old Marilyn Wolma of Grand Rapids, along with 65-year-old Jerry Dalrymple of Chicago.

LaPorte County coroner John Sullivan says the son of the Grand Rapids, Mich., couple told him they were returning home from taking care of a relative in Wisconsin when they were caught up in Thursday's crash.

Sgt. Wojas says 48-year-old Jeffrey Rennell of Ada, Mich., was flown to a Chicago area hospital after he was trapped in the wreckage for more than three hours following Thursday's crash. An update on Rennell's condition wasn't immediately available as an Advocate Christ Medical Center spokesman says he had been discharged.

Wojas identified the critically hurt person as 79-year-old Henry Imboden of Merrillville. An update on his condition also wasn't immediately available.

Wojas says 20 other people suffered less serious injuries.

She says 18 semitrailers and two box trucks were among 46 vehicles involved in the crash that happened near Michigan City on the busy route between Chicago and Detroit.

A state police official says drivers went quickly from a clear roadway to near-whiteout conditions at the scene of the massive pileup Thursday.

State police Lt. Jerry Williams says the area had a sudden burst of snow that was difficult to predict before the pileup of more than 40 vehicles began Thursday afternoon. Williams says eastbound drivers were traveling at highway speeds before running into the band of lake-effect snow.

A state highway department spokesman say road crews had gone over that stretch of I-94 salting and plowing within 20 minutes of the pileup's start.
 
Police say Michigan City provided two buses to warm people and transport the injured to hospitals.
 
Photos of the scene showed at least a dozen semitrailers jammed together the width of the highway near an overpass. Some passenger cars were sandwiched in the wreckage.

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