The site of the fatal, roughly 50-vehicle pile-up in Indiana is now clear.
Crews worked through the night in frigid temperatures, and removed the final pieces of mangled wreckage from the eastbound lanes of I-94 near Michigan City around 9 a.m. Friday.
Sudden, whiteout conditions caused the massive pile-up that killed a man from Chicago, and a couple from Michigan. Around 20 others were injured. But, Indiana State Police say their investigation will take several weeks or months to complete.
First responders talked about their rescue efforts Friday.
“He was encased in semis. He was on top of a car. I won’t get into the graphics of it, but I think it took us about two hours to get him out, and I kept apologizing to him. I told him, I said, ‘Jeff, I says you’re making us work for our money tonight,” said Mick Pawlik, Coolspring Fire Chief.
The Indiana Department of Transportation says it salted the area just 20 minutes before the crash, and conditions didn’t call for a shutdown.
EMS crews say the scene was devastating and unlike anything they had seen before. They say the images from the pile-up will remain with them forever.