michigan car crash

michigan car crash

Michigan Car Crash

Story highlightsAlmost 200 cars and trucks were involved in the chain-reaction crash, police sayTrucks carrying fireworks and formic acid were involved in the pileup (CNN)Michigan State Police had to use buses to evacuate people from a massive traffic pileup that also became a hazardous materials situation and included a fireworks explosion. The accident happened Friday morning on Interstate 94, west of Battle Creek. Police said weather played a role by causing whiteout conditions and a slippery roadway. Police said almost 200 cars and trucks were involved in the chain-reaction crash. Video from a witness showed cars and trucks slamming into the stalled wrecks and people running from their vehicles. On the tape, panicked people can be heard yelling, “Get out of your vehicle.” Authorities said one person was killed in the accident, a 57-year-old truck driver from Canada, and almost two dozen more were injured, including two firefighters who were working at the scene. Read MoreAt one point during the accident, State Police said, a truck carrying fireworks crashed and exploded, setting other cars on fire. Another truck carrying formic acid also crashed, causing damage to the roadway. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, formic acid is a colorless liquid with a pungent, penetrating odor that can cause eye, skin and throat irritation as well as nausea. It is most often used for livestock feed preservation. The chemical occurs naturally in ant and bee venom. Both eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway were closed for at least 14 hours. “We took buses to the scene to get people out of there and to get them out of the cold,” said State Police Lieutenant Rick Padzer.”It can be very stressful and frustrating for police responding,” he added. CNN’s Joe Sutton contributed to this report.
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Michigan Car Crash

During a press conference Wednesday morning to provide updates of the crash, Michigan State Police Lt. Mario Gonzales said that a driver went through the stop sign on Argentine Road at M59, and collided with the other car going east on M59.
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Michigan Car Crash

The annual Drunk Driving Audit is compiled by the Michigan State Police with assistance from the Michigan Department of State. By county, the report will show alcohol related statistics, arrests, and the disposition of alcohol related violations for each judge.
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Michigan Car Crash

“We are devastated by the loss of Agent Candice Dunn, whose passion for her work changed so many lives for the better,” Michigan Department of Corrections Director Heidi Washington said Wednesday. “Her ambition and her drive to make Michigan a better and safer place will leave a lasting impact on our department.”
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Michigan Car Crash

The crash started when two drivers heading westbound on I-96 lost control of their cars after blustery conditions turned into a sudden “whiteout,” Michigan State Police Sgt. Jeff Munoz said Thursday. Before long, dozens of vehicles joined the pileup.
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Michigan Car Crash

Jordan Dale, a National Weather Service meteorologist, said the area of the crash was experiencing a “snow squall” that originated from Lake Michigan and headed east. In snow squalls, a half-inch of snow can fall in just a half-hour’s time.
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Michigan Car Crash

The major car pileup occurred around 9:47 a.m. today, in the westbound lanes of the interstate I-96 in Livingston County, according to Michigan State Police. Authorities said 11 other injuries had been reported, but were not life-threatening.
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Michigan Car Crash

Lt. Gonzales said that one car was headed south on Argentine Road and was carrying four people. The driver, a 22-year-old, and a passenger in the back seat are both still alive but are in critical condition at an Ann Arbor hospital. A front seat passenger and a back seat passenger were both killed in the crash.
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In the car that was going east on M59, Lt. Gonzales said that the driver, a 39-year-old, was critically injured. A front seat passenger, 36, and two people in the back seat, both 70 years old, were all killed in the crash.
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Authorities said a vehicle heading south on Argentine Road apparently ran a stop sign at M-59, colliding with the car Dunn was in, which was eastbound on M-59. The crash occurred at about 10:30 p.m. 
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“I hit the guardrail, then the car in front of me. Then we were hit from behind,” Strader added. “Someone came up to the side of the car and said I had to get out — my gas tank was leaking, and a car behind me was on fire. They helped pull us out of the window.”
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“There were a lot of people with very severe injuries,” said Bradley Strader, 55, a senior transportation planner from Beverly Hills who was in the crash. “A lot of carnage.”
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The crash in Oceola Township, east of Howell, left both vehicles in a field off the southeast corner of the intersection. The southbound vehicle caught fire; the other was left on its side. 
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“All the mayhem happened and it got quiet, and then there were people running car by car, doing inventory to see if people were OK,” said Francoeur, who escaped with a few bruises. “It was nice to see people doing good, without thinking about it. Just doing it.”

Published on May 11, 2017 | Under Car | By michael ellis
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