Slippery road conditions blamed for 32-car pileup on I-94 this morning

An accident that turned into a 32-car pileup and shutdown Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan Thursday morning started when a tow truck attempted to pull a vehicle out of a ditch.

The Michigan State Police say a number of drivers tried slowing down quickly to avoid the tow truck but ended up sliding into each other, leading to a 32-car pileup at exit 66 in Van Buren County.

Some motorists suffered minor injuries, but none were considered life-threatening. 

Slippery road conditions due to snow are believed to have contributed to the crashes.

MSP Lieutenant Dale Hinz said this morning’s incident was one of the bigger pileups he’s seen and probably could have been avoided.  

Check traffic conditions on the roadways here.

State police Lt. Chuck Christensen said there was a 20-car accident followed by a 10-car crash and "eight other separate crashes."

The Ludington Daily News reports that a 2-vehicle crash was caused about 7 a.m. Thursday in Mason County's Amber Township when a pickup truck slid into oncoming traffic and sideswiped a SUV. The SUV's driver suffered minor injuries.

WPBN-TV reports that schools in Alba in northern Michigan were closed Thursday due to bad weather.

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