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Three people are dead and more than 20 hurt after a massive pileup involving more than 40 cars and trucks on I-94 in Northwestern ...
Indiana. The crash happened during whiteout conditions. (Jan. 24)
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DURATION: 1:17-----------------------------------------SHOTLIST:SOURCE - WSJV - COURTESY FOX 28, EMBARGO SOUTH BENDNear Michigan City, Indiana - 23 January, 20141. Extreme Wide, trucks, police vehicles on highway2. Mid, mangled car3. Wide, trucks packed together4. Wide, trucks mashed together5. Mid, destroyed car on side of road---Michigan City, Indiana - 24 January, 20146. SOUNDBITE (English) Donovan Stewart, Survived Crash (Transcript Below)---Near Michigan City, Indiana - 23 January, 20147. Wide, Interstate, lots of trucks and emergency vehicles8. Mid, tow truck amid wreckage, emergency officials9. Mid, damaged car, truck---Michigan City, Indiana - 24 January, 201410. SOUNDBITE (English) Mayor Ron Meer, Michigan City (Transcript Below) ---Near Michigan City, Indiana - 23 January, 201411. SOUNDBITE (English) Sgt. Ann Wojas, Indiana State Police (Transcript Below) 12. Wide, bug pile of trucks mashed together13. Mid, damaged cars, emergency workers14. Wide, tilted trucksVOICE-OVER SCRIPT:TRACK-1POLICE IN NORTHWEST INDIANA SAY SNOW AND WHITEOUT CONDITIONS HELPED CAUSE THURSDAY'S MASSIVE PILEUP NEAR MICHIGAN CITY.THE AREA ABOUT 60 MILES FROM CHICAGO WAS GETTING ABOUT ONE-TO-TWO INCHES OF SNOW PER HOUR WHEN MORE THAN 40 CARS AND TRUCKS BEGAN SLAMMING INTO EACH OTHER ON INTERSTATE 94.SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Donovan Stewart, Survived Crash"Got covered in the storm, the white out and as soon as we saw the brake lights, already too late, so we looked back, everybody brace yourself for impact, crashed into the back of a semi. The bumper of the semi fell off, pierced the door, stabbed my friend in the leg."TRACK-2THREE PEOPLE ARE KNOWN DEAD IN THE CRASH, AND AT LEAST 20 WERE INJURED.CRANES AND WRECKERS WERE BROUGHT IN TO REMOVE THE MANGLED VEHICLES.FIRST RESPONDERS LAUNCHED A MASSIVE OPERATION TO HELP SURVIVORS.SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Mayor Ron Meer, Michigan City" When this began today, of course Michigan City Fire, Michigan City Police and of course our transit system has been involved with our buses as mobile command centers for the police out there."SOUNDBITE (ENGLISH) Sgt. Ann Wojas, Indiana State Police"we're pretty sure we have everybody but we can't be sure until we pull all of those vehicles apart."TRACK-3INTERSTATE 94 IS A MAJOR ARTERY LEADING FROM CHICAGO TO DETROIT.THE EASTBOUND WILL BE CLOSED AT LEAST THROUGH THE MORNING.MATT SMALL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.