- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. (AP) - A state police official says drivers went quickly from a clear roadway to near-whiteout conditions at the scene of a massive pileup on Interstate 94 in northwestern Indiana.

State police Lt. Jerry Williams says the area had a sudden burst of snow that was difficult to predict before the pileup of more than 40 vehicles began Thursday afternoon. Williams says eastbound drivers were traveling at highway speeds before running into the band of lake-effect snow.

A state highway department spokesman say road crews had gone over that stretch of I-94 salting and plowing within 20 minutes of the pileup’s start.

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