UPDATED: Massive Pileup on I-94 Kills 3, More Than 20 Hurt

By Associated Press | 

UPDATED 7:40AM -- A coroner says the three people killed in a massive pileup on Interstate 94 in northwestern Indiana are a Michigan couple and a man from Chicago.

LaPorte County coroner John Sullivan says the son of the Grand Rapids, Mich., couple told him they were returning home from taking care of a relative in Wisconsin when they were caught up in Thursday's crash.

He says the victims are 67-year-old Thomas Wolma and 65-year-old Marilyn Wolma of Grand Rapids. Also killed was 65-year-old Jerry Dalrymple of Chicago. Sullivan says Dalrymple's dog also was killed inside his car.

State police say more than 20 other people were hurt in the pileup involving more than 40 vehicles during heavy lake-effect snowfall.

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) -- A massive pileup on Interstate 94 in northwestern Indiana caused motorists to be stuck for hours.

Three people died and more than 20 were injured in Thursday's accident near Michigan City, about 60 miles east of Chicago.

Indiana State Police said snow and whiteout conditions contributed to the pileup. The National Weather Service said lake-effect snow brought 1 to 2 inches per hour at the time of the afternoon wreck and reduced visibility to a quarter-mile or less.

Authorities closed the eastbound lanes overnight to clear the scene. I-94 is a main thoroughfare between Chicago and Detroit.

One woman who got caught in the backup didn't have food in the car for her three sons. A fellow traveler offered the family fruit, cereal and popcorn.

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