A snowstorm Thursday morning led to whiteout conditions and caused a 40-car accident on I-96 near Fowlerville, Michigan, killing three people and injuring 11 while closing the road for hours.
After snow covered the roads around 9:30 a.m., treacherous conditions along the highway caused a semi-trailer to jackknife and "that could have been the cause of the domino effect," Detroit Free Press reporter Kathleen Gray said, Livingston Daily reported.
The eastbound lanes of the expressway were closed until just before 3 p.m., while the westbound lanes remained closed until at least 8:30 p.m. to remove vehicles and investigate the crash. Michigan State Police, Fowlerville, and Howell police were on the scene along with the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office and firefighters from Fowlerville, Howell, Green Oak, Putnam, and Meridian Township, according to Livingston Daily.
“It was very chaotic for them to get to the victims to assess the situation,” Lt. Eric Sandborn of the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office said during a 3 p.m. news conference, Livingston Daily Reported.
There also were several other crashes reported in on freeways in the Detroit area.
The arctic blast has affected other areas as well. The Moscow Ballet had to cancel a performance Thursday night scheduled for Grand Junction, Colorado, after buses failed to start in Casper, Wyoming, to transport the group. The temperature in Wyoming dropped to 31 degrees below zero on Wednesday night.
More snow and cold temperatures are expected in large parts of the country through Friday.
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