(CBS) – An Ada, Mich. man is telling how first-responders peeled away layer upon layer of crushed metal over three hours to rescue him from Thursday’s horrific pileup on Interstate 94 in Northwest Indiana.
Jeff Rennell was among the motorists caught up in the tangle of nearly four dozen semi-tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles near Michigan City. Whiteout conditions were blamed for the 2:30 p.m. accident, which left three motorists dead and several injured in the eastbound lanes, stopping traffic for hours.
“The airbag went off and took my glasses, gave me a bloody nose,” Rennell says of the first moments of the pileup. “After that, it was really pretty quiet. Just people yelling for help, myself included, saying, ‘I’m over here! I’m over here!’”