Multiple weather-related crashes along I-96

 

KENT COUNTY, Mich. -- Snow and windy conditions caused multiple slide-offs and accidents throughout the area Sunday afternoon.

According to Kent County Dispatch, westbound Interstate 96 was closed to traffic from Alden Nash to M-6 after a multiple-vehicle pileup. The roadway was reopened hours later.

25 cars were involved in the pileup. Michigan State Police are attributing the weather, along with high speeds on the freeway and short following distances between cars to the crash. They say fortunately the only injuries reported on the scene of the crash were minor.

Christina Ferens says she drove past the pileup, and she saw the crash coming based on the poor road conditions.

"I just literally yelling at cars as they were driving by me, like you're kidding me, you're going to get in an accident! And sure enough," Ferens said.

Ferens also says she's glad she took it slow, because she says she saw the cars going faster in the accident.

"I saw all those cars and a few of the SUVs I had notices, those were the ones that had passed me," Ferens said.

MSP is reminding all drivers to take it slow and make sure to have adequate space between cars when driving in snowy conditions, in case you need to slow down.

 

 

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