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Michigan Couple Killed In Massive Pile Up

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MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (WLNS) - 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 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.

Indiana State Police also say two people were critically injured in the massive pileup on Interstate 94.

Sgt. Ann Wojas says one of those badly hurt was flown to a hospital after he was trapped in the wreckage for more than three hours after Thursday's crash. Wojas says 20 other people suffered less serious injuries.

She says 18 semitrailers and two box trucks were among 46 vehicles involved in the crash that happened near Michigan City on the busy route between Chicago and Detroit.

And another state police official says drivers went quickly from a clear roadway to near-whiteout conditions at the scene of a massive pileup on Interstate 94 in northwestern Indiana.

State police Lt. Jerry Williams says the area had a sudden burst of snow that was difficult to predict before the pileup of more than 40 vehicles began Thursday afternoon. Williams says eastbound drivers were traveling at highway speeds before running into the band of lake-effect snow.

A state highway department spokesman say road crews had gone over that stretch of I-94 salting and plowing within 20 minutes of the pileup's start.

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