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2 children, 1 adult die in Detroit freeway pileup

2 years ago February 01, 2013 Feb 1, 2013 Friday, February 01 2013 Friday, February 01, 2013 3:14:28 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

DETROIT - Police say it took only seconds for a light snow to turn into a whiteout, causing drivers to slam on their brakes or swerve to avoid tractor-trailers jackknifed across a busy Detroit freeway.

The pileup Thursday quickly turned into a mile-long string of wrecks that killed three people, including two children who police believe were siblings from Ontario.

The accidents closed Interstate 75 for several hours and sent more than a dozen people to local hospitals. Police estimated that as many as 30 cars, SUVs and semi-trailers were involved.

The freeway's surface was slick as temperatures in the Detroit area dropped by about 30 degrees from the previous day - to only 24 degrees at the time of the pile up, along with strong winds.

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