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Ice, snow wreak havoc on Michigan's roads

Ice and snow squalls are leading to havoc on Michigan's roads today. A very large chain-reaction collision has left three people dead, including two children, on Interstate 75 in Detroit. In all, six crash scenes along about a one-mile stretch involved approximately 35 vehicles. Forty people were injured in the accidents.

The Detroit Free Press indicated that the accidents were spurred by a massive snow squall that suddenly hit the area, impairing the vision of drivers. Drivers who slammed on their brakes slid on the icy stretch of road.

According to the Detroit Free Press, 12 or more people were transported from the scene to area hospitals. Injuries included broken bones and lacerations as well as head trauma.

A massive multiple-car crash also occurred today in Genesee County on U.S. Highway 23, reportedly beginning with a rolled pickup truck. More than 50 cars, as well as five semi-trucks, were involved in the pileup. There were no fatalities and 14 people were transported to hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

And in a third pileup in Michigan, 10 tractor-trailers and six cars collided, causing injuries but no fatalities. The extent of injuries incurred in that accident is unclear.

It is important for drivers throughout Michigan to be sure to adapt their driving to these very difficult conditions, and avoid driving during this period of hazardous weather if possible. Although many of these collisions may begin with adverse conditions, they can become even more dangerous if drivers are not paying attention to the roads and driving responsibly. In chain-reaction collisions, it can be difficult to tell exactly who may be responsible for what, but investigations often unveil details of negligence on the part of drivers.

Source: NBC News, "At least 3 die in massive car pileups amid Michigan snow squalls," Kari Huus and Nadine Comerford, Jan. 31, 2013

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