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A massive Indiana pileup during severe winter weather killed three and injured more than 20. Indiana State Police say the ...
investigation may take week, or even months. (Jan. 24)
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SHOTLIST:ABC POOL - AP CLIENTS ONLYMichigan City, Indiana - January 24, 20141. SOUNDBITE (English) Sgt. Ann Wojas, Indiana State Police:"Around 2:21, we got a call about numerous crashes. Throughout the day in this area, starting from the 34 mile marker which is Michigan City, all the way to the Michigan-Indiana state line which is the 46 mile marker, we had been receiving, throughout the day, intermittent heavy to moderate snowfall, sub-zero temperatures, winds and whiteout conditions." ++SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++"We had approximately 46 vehicles involved - 18 of those were semis, 2 were straight trucks, and the rest of them were passenger cars, SUVs and pickups. Out of those, 3 were confirmed dead, 2 were critically injured, and 20 were injured." ++SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++"You have to remember that with something with this big and large, and the number of injuries and deaths, this investigation is going to take several weeks, if not months, to complete." ++SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++2. SOUNDBITE (English) Lt. Jerry Williams, Indiana State Police:"It's a very methodical process, as you can imagine, with a crash scene like that, we had people that not even the first responders could get to at some points. We had to begin to methodically bring that scene and break it down in order to get to people, in that respect." ++SOUNDBITES SEPARATED BY WHITE FLASH++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mick Pawlik, Chief of Coolspring Township Volunteer Fire Dept.:"There's no extrication the same, none. But it was just like a war zone out there. Like I said earlier, we're lucky the roles weren't reversed, that there was 20 fatalities and 3 survivors. It was something I've never see. I never want to see it again."STORYLINE:A couple from Michigan and a man from Chicago were killed in a massive pileup on a snowy interstate in northwestern Indiana, authorities said Friday, as crews cleaned up after the 40-plus-vehicle wreck. More than 20 people were injured, including one critically, in the crush of semitrailers and mangled passenger vehicles Thursday afternoon on the eastbound stretch of Interstate 94 connecting Chicago with Detroit. At least one person was trapped in a vehicle for hours before authorities could come to the rescue, Indiana State Police said.