Winter Storm Leads To Deadly Pileups In Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan – One of two multiple vehicle pileups in Michigan on Tuesday turned deadly as motorists and big rigs crashed along US-131 and I-94.

Police report the first of the two pileups happened around 7:30 a.m. on northbound US-131 near 116th Street in Martin Township.  Troopers say 65-year-old Evert-Jan Ohler didn’t notice traffic was stopped due to an earlier crash when the SUV he was driving smashed into the back of a Providence Christian School bus with 19 students on board.

Evert-Jan Ohler was pronounced dead at the scene, while only minor injuries were reported from those on the school bus.

 

Authorities said numerous tractor-trailers were involved in the crash also. Northbound US-131 was closed for about two hours, but has since reopened.

At least 2 people were seriously injured in a second multiple vehicle crash which police say included at least 20 vehicles. The accident happened shortly before 10 a.m. on I-94 near the Mattawan Exit 66.

 

I-94 pileup included at least 20 vehicles and multiple semi-trucks. / Courtesy Oshtemo Township Fire Dept.

 

Pictures from the scene show big rigs rolled over onto their sides with significant damage and mangled 4-wheelers.

 

I-94 Pileup / Courtesy of Oshtemo Township Fire Dept.

 

The Grand Rapids area has been pounded with a strong winter weather storm system that has dropped a half a foot of snow in some places making travel treacherous.

Police attributed these accidents to icy road conditions, poor visibility and drivers traveling to fast for the conditions.

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