Accidents keep emergency responders busy

CREATED Dec. 9, 2013

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Highway 41/45 near Lannon Rd. Sunday afternoon turned into a mess of metal after dozens of cars collided and spun out in the snow.

It didn't take long for the calls to come in.

Radio call: "Contact the State Patrol. Advise we have a major critical incident here. We're looking in excess of 40 to 60 vehicle crashes and we need whatever help we can get."

It started just before 12:30 PM when a car came flying down the center lane, hitting the car in front of it. Within moments, car after car slid, spun, or slammed into the scene. Multiple people were injured.

Radio call: "15 cars here. I'm patient assessing at this time. We still have traffic coming right through the middle of them."

Unbelievable, even for rescue crews. Chief Robert Whitaker is with the North Shore Fire Department that assisted in the major response.

Chief Robert Whitaker: "You know, you might see one or two of those in your career. But to have 5 or 6 in your area in one day is just unheard of in my mind."

Making it worse, people got out of their cars in some cases. A situation so severe, crews couldn't take any chances.

Radio call: "We've got to get this shut down."

Miraculously, nobody died in the pileup.