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Chain reaction collisions kill three and injure dozens in Detroit and Paw Paw

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 First responders and police officers shut down a freeway due to an accident involving multiple cars and semi-trucks in Detroit, Michigan January 31, 2013. Three people were killed and roughly two dozen were injured.
Credit: REUTERS/Rebecca Cook
First responders and police officers shut down a freeway due to an accident involving multiple cars and semi-trucks in Detroit, Michigan January 31, 2013. Three people were killed and roughly two dozen were injured. Credit: REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

DETROIT (WKZO) -- Michigan State Police have now confirmed two children and one adult have died in a series of multiple vehicle accidents on Interstate 75 south in Detroit, that was caused by a blinding white-out Thursday morning.

State Police Lt. Micheal Shaw believes there were 8 to 10 separate multiple vehicle collisions stretched out over a mile of highway that involved 150 to 200 cars and trucks.

Two siblings from Windsor, aged 9 and 7 were killed and the rest of their family left in critical condition in one car. A 54-year-old Allen Park man died in another crash.

Survivors say everything turned white and then they began to hear the collisions.

There were at least 20 people who were rushed to area hospitals with serious injuries.It took most of the day to clear the wreckage.

PAW PAW (WKZO)  --There was a smaller and less deadly pile up on I-94 in a white out near Paw Paw early yesterday afternoon. State Police say it began when a semi went out of control and rolled onto its side in heavy snow and cars and trucks began to pile up behind it. At least a dozen cars and 9 semi’s were involved in the Chain reaction crashes that followed.

There was only one serious injury and a few minor injuries reported in that pile-up.

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