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