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911 calls from I-94 pile-up released

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FOX28 News has received two 911 calls made following the massive I-94 pile-up that left three people dead and many more injured.  One of the truck drivers at the front of the crash described the blocked roads and communicated with another driver pinned in his cab.  A couple also called from further back saying that they had to stop and were then rear-ended.

A Michigan man who was trapped in his SUV for hours following a massive highway pileup in northwestern Indiana says cars were scattered about "like ping pong balls" during that deadly crash.

Steve Rennell said Friday his 48-year-old brother, Jeff Rennell, was headed home to Ada, Mich., after spending Thursday night in a Chicago hospital.

Rennell says his brother told him cars were scattered about "like ping pong balls" after a semi-truck jackknifed Thursday along Interstate 94 near Michigan City, about 60 miles east of Chicago.

Jeff Rennell was trapped for about three hours in his Ford Explorer in the pileup, which involved 46 vehicles, including 18 semitrailers.

A Grand Rapids, Mich., couple and a Chicago man were killed in the pileup and more than 20 others were injured.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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