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Forty-vehicle pileup near Indianapolis injures 8; thirty-vehicle pileup in Michigan kills 3 and injures at least 20

Two chain-reaction vehicle accidents close interstates, trigger alerts at hospitals

Friday, February 1, 2013 - 6:00am

A chain-reaction crash of 40 vehicles in Indiana injured at least eight people Thursday, including six who were taken to the hospital, police said.

No fatalities were reported in the pileup of semis and cars that closed a 10-mile section of Interstate 70 west of Indianapolis, said Cpl. Tim James of Indiana State Police. No further information on injuries was immediately available, James said.

Wintry white-out conditions are one possible cause for the wreck, James said.

In Michigan, three people were killed and up to 20 injured in another chain-reaction accident Thursday, state police said.

Killed were a child and two other people, State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said.

The accident happened over the Rouge River Bridge in Detroit on Interstate 75, said Robert Morosi of the Michigan Department of Transportation. At least 30 cars were involved in the pileup, he said.

Snow was falling at the time of the crash, Morosi said, describing conditions as a "typical Michigan winter morning."

The jaws of life were used to pull people out of three vehicles, Shaw said.

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