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Disastrous Pile-Ups Snarl Major Interstates; 2 Children Dead

weather.com & Associated Press
Published: January 31, 2013

Detroit, Mich.

Detroit, Mich.

The wreck stretched an entire mile according to police. (Image: Associated Press)

  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Detroit, Mich.
  • Detroit, Mich.

Blinding snow squalls passing through the Great Lakes Thursday created nightmarish chain reaction crashes near not one, but two major cities.

The first massive crash happened Thursday morning on Interstate 75 south of Detroit, Michigan. The second played out on Interstate 70 about 10 miles west of Indianapolis, Indiana early Thursday afternoon.

At least three people have been confirmed dead in the Michigan crash - two of them children. Between 30 and 35 cars were involved.

Semi-truck driver Phillip Bost saw the I-75 wreck. He tells the Associated Press there were "people bleeding, people limping, people shaken up. It was a bad ordeal," he recalled several hours later. "I'm quite shaken up."

Detroit was under a winter weather advisory at the time. Drivers are telling local media they experienced white-out conditions for as long as 13 to 20 seconds. 

Wintry conditions were similar about 300 miles to the west in central Indiana, where two separate accidents just miles apart brought traffic to a dead halt on Interstate 70.

At least 7 people were hospitalized according to WISH-TV. 

I-70 will be closed until at least 10 p.m. eastern according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.


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