44-Car Pileup That Shutdown I-96 Near Grand Rapids is Now Back Open

44-Car Pileup That Shutdown I-96 Near Grand Rapids is Now Back Open

More brutal winter weather hit the Grand Rapids region over the weekend wreaked havoc on the roads and was the cause for multiple accidents.  Westbound I-96 was forced to close down just East of Grand Rapids because there were 44 vehicles involved in accidents over multiple crashes.

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) stated on it’s Twitter Page that the car crashes happened at Alden Nash Avenue and College Avenue.  Authorities were forced to close down this stretch of highway, but only briefly.  Exact injuries are still unknonwn at the time, but 3 victims were taken to local area hospitals and treated.

The National Weather Service did issue a winter weather advisory which was still in effect during the time of the crashes.  The Western Michigan area near the Great Lakes which included Grand Haven, Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, and Kalamazoo.  These areas all received anywhere from 1-4 inches of snow along with a small amount of freezing rain.

February has been a particularly bad winter weather month and there have been more accidents during February than any other month that I can recall.  Remember to drive carefully during times of poor road conditions.  Leave lots of extra space between you and the drivers next to you, drive at a reasonable speed, and simply avoid driving during the worst times if at all possible.

Post Author: Betsy Cavendish

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