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Semi-Truck Pileup Takes Lives and Closes I-94 in Indiana

Interstate closed from I-35 to Michigan state line.

Credit: Indiana State Police
Credit: Indiana State Police
MICHIGAN CITY, IN — At least 15 semi trucks as well as passenger cars are involved in an accident on Interstate 94 near Michigan City, IN, and two people are confirmed dead. White-out conditions in northern Indiana are to blame, officials said.

ABC 7 Chicago News is reporting that there may be "many, many more fatalities," according to the LaPorte County coroner on scene.

The accident happened around 3 p.m. Thursday and parts of I-94 are closed as authorities examine the wreckage for people trapped inside. An Indiana State Police spokesman said 15 to 12 people have been taken to hospitals but more will be found in the wreckage. Rescue workers were using jaws of life to try to remove people from the smashed vehicles.

Coroners from throughout the region have volunteered to assist as many more fatalities are expected, reports ABC 7.

Police want motorists to stay away from the area. The search for victims in the pileup will continue into the evening as authorities try to pull the semis apart. Lights will be brought in to illuminate the scene.

The LaPorte County Sheriff's Department told the Northwest Indiana Times that school buses were brought to the area to keep motorists stranded on the interstate warm.

More lake-effect snow is anticipated this evening as temperatures drop. At 5 p.m., it was 6 degrees in the area.

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