Police had to shut down the westbound lanes of a popular Lansing, Michigan highway following a multi-car accident that left three dead and numerous injuries. The accident was the third deadly multiple car accident to occur on Michigan’s highway in the last four years.
According to Michigan State Police spokesman Sgt. Jeffrey Munoz, the accident took place at 9:30 in the morning, and has been linked to low visibility caused by winter weather. Snow that had fallen began to freeze at the same time that visibility dropped to near zero. A semi-truck began the massive chain accident, jackknifing across most of the lanes of Interstate 96 and sliding into cars ahead.
According to a local reporter who was involved in the collision, the first sign of trouble came with “the most terrifying sounds I’ve ever heard.” That was the truck’s tires skidding behind her. “Fortunately, he was able to stop before plowing into me,” said Kathleen Gray. “It probably took about an hour to get through the accident scene. Traffic was able to pull around the jackknifed semi-truck on the shoulder of the freeway.” Many vehicles involved were run off the highway rather than involved in the collision.
As investigators begin analyzing the causes of the crash, there’s no doubt that similar previous accidents along Michigan’s roadways will be part of the investigation. One year ago a crash killed a Canadian truck driver and sent 24 more drivers to the hospital, and two years prior to that a 41-vehicle crash occurred in whiteout conditions and left three dead. Police audits indicated that contributing factors included the weather, but also the need for better lighting, more electronic signs, and more courtesy patrols of the highway.
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