Updated 1:30 p.m.: Authorities say heavy snowfall and winds were factors in Thursday‘s massive pileup that involved more than 40 vehicles on Interstate 94 near Michigan City.
Three people were killed and more than 20 were injured. Indiana State Police identified the victims as 65-year-old James Dalrymple of Chicago, and married couple, 65-year-old Marilyn Wolma and 67-year-old Thomas Wolma of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
More than 40 vehicles, many of them semi-trailers, collided amid whiteout conditions on Interstate 94 near Michigan City. At least one person was trapped in a vehicle for hours.
Indiana State Police spokesperson Sergeant Ann Wojas says the accident investigation could take several weeks to complete. Troopers hope to reopen eastbound I-94 sometime today. Motorists were directed off I-94 onto State Road 49. I-94 westbound is open, but State Police are still asking motorists to avoid the area.