Interstate 94 was reopened this morning after cranes and tow trucks worked through the night to untangle a crush of more than 40 semis and cars that collided in near blizzard conditions near Michigan City, Ind., killing three people, including a 65-year-old man from Chicago.
As many as 20 people were injured, some airlifted to hospitals.
Jerry Dalrymple, 65, of the 9000 block of South Bell Avenue in Chicago, was pronounced dead at the scene, apparently from blunt force trauma, the coroner’s office said. His 7-year-old black Labrador named Sparky also died.
Also killed were a husband and wife from Grand Rapids, Mich. The coroner’s office identified them as Marilyn J. Wolma, 65, and Thomas D. Wolma, 67. They had been coming home from Wisconsin after caring for an ill relative, according to LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan said.
The accident occurred around 2 p.m. Thursday east of State Road 49, about 60 miles from Chicago, as a burst of lake-effect snow cut visibility to about 10 feet, Indiana State Police said. Several cars and trucks spun out and collided and the traffic behind them couldn’t stop in time, police said. In all, 46 vehicles, including 19 semis, were involved in the crash. Several cars were crushed between the trucks and some slid underneath them.
Troopers and firefighters scrambled in the dark and cold, searching for victims. Helicopters were called in to rush the most seriously injured to hospitals.
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Source: Chicago Tribune