DETROIT, MI - BREAKING: Michigan State Police confirm four fatalities following a massive pileup on I-75. We are told three children and one adult have been killed.
Southbound I-75 at Springwells in southwest Detroit is closed at this time. Northbound I-75 was also closed at Schaefer, but has reopened. Fifteen to 20 people have been transported to nearby hospitals.
Rob Morosi from MDOT tells 7 Action News the accident happened just after 9:00 a.m. over the Rouge River bridge. Semi trucks are involved and there are reports that at least one truck lost its load.
MDOT is reporting that at least 30 vehicles were involved in the pileup. Witnesses say there were white-out conditions at the time of the crash. The view from Chopper 7 shows the devastation. Dozens of smashed-up vehicles are all over the freeway.
The scene is also considered a HAZMAT Level 3 due to a fuel spill.
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The freeway is expected to be closed for hours. Drivers are asked to avoid the area at this time. The actual accident scene stretches over a mile long.
The American Red Cross will head to the scene to aid accident victims and first responders.