Sunday Social: Southwest Michigan snowstorm, I-94 pileup and more
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) — Newschannel 3's Sunday Social is a wrap-up of the top news stories of the past week, ranging from local stories to national headlines.
Here are the top stories you may have missed this week.
Snowstorm sweeps the Midwest
With nearly a foot of snow falling over southwest Michigan, schools and city halls closed across the region as plow and salt trucks worked to maintain the roads and ensure safe travels for those brave enough to venture outward into the tundra. WWMT spoke with members of MDOT to see how they prepared for the impending snowfall.
Over 50 vehicles involved in I-94 snowy pileup near Galesburg
Around 12:30 p.m.during a period of heavy snowfall, over 50 vehicles were involved in a massive three-mile pileup on Interstate 94 outside of Galesburg, Michigan. Lanes were reopened around six hours later, but that didn't excuse the chaos that occurred on the stretch of the interstate. The pileup wasn't the only crash that happened on Friday, as a two-vehicle collision in Richland kicked off the morning commute.
Two Ohio officers killed in action
While responding to a 911 hang-up, two officers from Westernville, Ohio were shot and killed in the line of duty. Eric Joering, 39, and Anthony Morelli, 54, were reporting to a possible domestic dispute call where a neighbor who heard gunfire said it happened at a house where the occupants were always arguing and fighting. Joering and Morelli were 16-year and 30-year veterans of the force, respectively. Infomraiton regarding the suspect was not initially released other than he was being treated at a local hospital for wouds sustained through his apprehension from police.
Winter Olympics begin in Pyeongchang, South Korea
With the 2018 Winter Olympics officially kicked off with political fanfare, USA took home their first gold medal in slopestyle snowboarding as 17-year-old Red Gerard score an 87.16 to sweak by the competition. The Olympics will coninue throughout the week with events such as alpine skiing, snowboarding, speed skating, and a fan-favorite in luge.
Michigan State drops No. 2 Purdue as Bridges knocks down shot from distance in final seconds
On the same day that No. 1 Villanova and No. 2 Virginia dropped to unranked Butler and unranked Virginia Tech, respectively, Michigan State basketball dropped No. 3 Purdue to seal their fate of moving up the rankings after this weekend concludes. With 2.7 seconds left on the clock, Bridges shook Purdue guard Dakota Mathias on the permitere to deliver a game-winning three-point bucket to give MSU the win.