Published On: Jan 31 2013 10:34:29 AM ESTUpdated On: Jan 31 2013 01:59:21 PM EST
Michigan State Police said two people are dead, 20 people are hurt and dozens of cars crushed in a massive crash that has closed a portion of I-75 in Detroit.
MSP Lt. Michael Shaw said white-out weather conditions are being blamed for the crash. He said cars started to crash into each other at Dearborn Street. Several semi-trucks also lost control and are piled up.
Drivers were unable to see the wrecks ahead of them and ended up slamming into each other.
Local 4 spoke with several drivers at the scene who said they were in shock, but were able to get out of their cars safely and get off the interstate. They said white-out weather conditions made it very hard to see and the chain-reaction crash.
I slowed down because of the weather, with the white-out, I tried to get out of the way and next thing …slammed into a truck," said one driver.
Several drivers said they tried to help others who were stuck in their cars before rescue crews got on the scene.
Witnesses described some cars being "crushed like accordions."
Michigan Department of Transportation spokesman Rob Morosi says one tractor-trailer lost its load.