3 Dead in Indiana Pile-Up Involving 18 Semis

Three people were killed and more than 20 injured Thursday in a chain reaction crash involving at least 45 vehicles that shut down Interstate 94 near Michigan City, Ind., authorities said.
One of the victims, 65-year-old Jerry Dalrymple, was from Chicago. His dog was also killed in the crash. The other two victims, 67-year-old Thomas Wolma and 65-year-old Marilyn Wolma, were from Grand Rapids, Mich., LaPorte County Coroner John Sullivan told NBC Chicago.

More than 20 others were injured, and there were at least five people who were trapped in their vehicles and needed to be extricated, officials said.

The 3 p.m. crash in the eastbound lanes of I-94 at mile marker 36 in LaPorte County involved 18 tractor-trailers, two trucks, and more than 20 passenger cars, vans and SUVs, Indiana State Police Sgt. Ann Wojas said Friday.
"It went from sunshine to complete no visibility, so when they entered in, it turned into slide off, crash, crash, and multiplied into what we have now," she said.

3 Dead in Indiana  Pile-Up Involving 18 Semis