Indiana Pileup Kills 3, Injures Dozens

Crash occurred 60 miles from Chicago on Thursday afternoon

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South Bend Tribune / James Brosher / ASSOCIATED PRESS

Emergency crews work at the scene of a massive pileup involving more than 40 vehicles, many of them semitrailers, along Interstate 94 Thursday afternoon, Jan. 23, 2014 near Michigan City, Ind.

A massive car wreck that ensnared over 40 vehicles in northwestern Indiana killed three people and injured more than 20, authorities said Friday.

Harsh weather, including snow and whiteout conditions, were among the factors that caused the crash late Thursday on the eastbound stretch of Interstate 94, the Associated Press reports.

Indiana State Police Cpl. Larry Koebcke said that lanes remained closed Friday as clean up crews cleared the wreckage.

Thomas Wolma, 67, and his wife Marlyn, 65, died in the wreck, according to John Sullivan, coroner of LaPorte County. Jerry Dalrymple, 65, was also killed in his car.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Ann Wojas confirmed that 20 to 30 people were hurt in the crash that crushed semitrailers and passenger cars. At least one person was injured critically. The wreck occurred about 60 miles from Chicago.