[Photo from Indiana State Police]
The latest information on a massive pileup on eastbound Interstate 94 near Michigan City is that three people have been confirmed dead as of 6:30 pm CST. Here is the update issued by Indiana State Police at that time:
Indiana State Police is currently investigating numerous crashes that occurred in the eastbound lanes of I-94 at the 37 mile-marker, which is approximately three miles east of the Michigan City exit. Troopers confirm three fatalities and more than 20 injured. I-94 is impassable at this time. All motorists are encouraged to avoid
I-94. Troopers are diverting all eastbound traffic onto SR 49 (Chesterton Exit) in Porter County. Motorists that were stopped on I-94 due to the crashes are currently being removed from the interstate. One westbound lane remains open.
Michigan City has provided two city buses, which are being used to transport injured motorists and passengers to area hospitals and for a warming station.
Preliminary investigation indicates approximately 15 tractor-trailers and approximately 15 passenger vehicles and pickup trucks were involved in this incident. Troopers are still gathering information and most likely will not have a total of vehicles involved until late tonight or early tomorrow morning.
Only one injured person remains on I-94. Firefighters are currently attempting to extricate that person from their vehicle.
Indiana State Police encourage all motorists to avoid this area.