A massive chain-reaction crash on an interstate highway in Detroit Thursday killed three people, including two children, and left at least 40 injured, local authorities said.
The mile-long accident, which involved cars as well as semi trucks, was caused by white-out conditions, NBC-affiliate WDIV4 in Detroit reported, citing Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw.
Up to 200 cars where either involved or stuck at the scene, the report said.
Motorists interviewed by the Detroit Free Press described the sudden snow squall that whipped through the area, blinding them. Drivers slammed on their brakes and then slid on the icy road, they said.
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"It got real bad, real quick," Greg Galuszka from Brownstown Township told the paper. "It turned to ice real quick."