3 killed in 40-vehicle pileup on slick Michigan interstate

Emergency crews work the scene of a multiple car pileup on I-96 between Webberville and Fowlerville, Mich., Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016. (Dave Wasinger/Lansing State Journal via AP)

FOWLERVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say three people have died and 11 others are hurt following a pileup on a snow-slickened Interstate 96 near Lansing, Michigan.

Lt. Eric Sanborn of the Livingston County Sheriff Department confirmed the three deaths Thursday in the pileup involving about 40 vehicles. He says 11 other people were transported to hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.

Sanborn says westbound lanes of the interstate about 55 miles west of Detroit remained closed about 5½ hours after the pileup began Thursday morning.

Several crashes also were reported on Detroit-area freeways.

Elsewhere, The Moscow Ballet canceled a performance Thursday night in Grand Junction, Colorado, after the group’s buses wouldn’t start in the morning in Casper, Wyoming. The temperature there plunged to 31 degrees below zero overnight.

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