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DETROIT, Michigan (WDIV) -- Michigan State Police say two children are among the victims of a deadly accident on I-75 in Detroit Thursday.

The accident happened around 9:30 a.m. and shut down the highway in both directions near Springwells Street for several hours. Traffic reopened to traffic on the northbound and southbound lanes of I-75 around 4 p.m.

Police confirmed two children and one adult, a 54-year-old Allen Park man, died in the crash, which was caused by whiteout conditions. The crash left 19 others hurt.

The two children killed in the crash were a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl, both from Canada.

Michigan State Police Lt. Michael Shaw said white out weather conditions are to blame for the crash. He said cars started to crash into each other at Dearborn Street. Several semi-trucks were also halted in their tracks and remained stacked on the interstate in a Tetris-like pattern. Drivers were unable to see the wrecks ahead of them and ended up slamming into each other.

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