MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. – FOX 17 Meteorologist Kelly Smith reports from the scene of a pileup involving up to 40 vehicles.
A Muskegon Sheriff’s Department deputy was injured while he tried to deal with multiple crashes on US-31.
The deputy was taken to the hospital and is expected to recover. The officer was in his cruiser at the time, and the cruiser was hit several times. In addition, a Michigan State Police unit was struck several times and totaled. The trooper was unhurt.
According to authorities, the state trooper from the Motor Carrier Unit was attending to one crash as the Muskegon County Deputy pulled up to another crash just to the north of the trooper. As the deputy pulled over his vehicle he was struck once spinning the vehicle into traffic where it was hit again. This created a chain reaction crash including the state trooper that included around 40 cars. The Muskegon County Undersheriff said that the trooper had minor head injuries and is going through tests but is alert and in good spirits. As far as he knows no one else from the accident needed immediate medical attention. The highway was reopened by noon.
Carrie Newberg of Ludington took to her Facebook page to post about the crash. She said, “I was involved in the accident. It was like bumper cars slamming into one another. They are clearing the road now. They have us sitting in fire trucks warming up while we wait. Please be careful on the roads people!”