What Caused This Incredible Pileup of Cars and Trucks on I-94 in Michigan?

Wind-driven snow coming off Lake Michigan can create incredibly hazardous conditions as happened on Michigan Interstate Highway I-94 near Galesburg in Kalamazoo County, Michigan, around 9:30 a.m.

Thirty-three mph winds created blizzard-like conditions and iced up the roads, greatly reducing visibility and creating hazardous driving conditions.

The initial accident only involved a few vehicles.

But with the blowing snow and icy roads, drivers just kept piling into the wreckage in front of them.

In the end, nearly 200 vehicles were involved in the massive pileup, many of them trucks. A number of vehicles caught fire and one truck containing fireworks ignited and exploded in what looked like a war zone, destroying many other vehicles in the process.

Incredibly, only one Canadian truck driver was killed, while 23 other people mainly only suffered minor injuries. I-94 was closed in both directions for many hours after the pileup.

If you absolutely have to drive in such conditions, drive very slowly so that you can stop in case of an emergency. Otherwise, just stay off the roads until conditions improve. This video shows what happens when you don’t.




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