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Detroit freeway pileup: 3 dead after dozens of cars, semis spin out of control

Posted at 6:25 PM, Jan 31, 2013

DETROIT, Mich. (WTVR) -- A chain-reaction crash on I-75 in Detroit, Michigan, Thursday morning involving as many as 35 vehicles caused numerous injuries and three confirmed fatalities.

WSBK reports the massive pileup, which killed two children and one adult, happened during an icy morning that included numerous snow showers and what drivers describe as near white-out conditions.

The crashes happened in the southbound lanes of I-75 near Springwells in southwest Detroit and included as many as six semi-trucks. Twenty ambulances were on the scene as crews worked to treat the injured and additional rigs were dispatched.

Warming buses were also brought into the area for those motorists left stranded following the incident.

Michigan State Police said the crashes happened near the Rouge River Bridge which often becomes icy when temperatures drop.

Read more on this story from WSBK.