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Deadly massive car crash in Michigan

A few years back my wife I and went to Chicago for a long holiday weekend in December. On Sunday, on the way back, it started to snow, and by the time we made it to the Racine County area, heading northbound on I/43, we came across a deadly multi car pile up. I think there were some 50 cars and trucks smashed together on the freeway heading southbound, which lead to fatalities and numerous injuries. The freeway was shut down between roughly Ryan Road and Highway 20. It was frightening to see emergency vehicles, including fire trucks, ambulances and police cars, drive with their lights flashing and sirens on driving on the opposite way on the freeway trying to get to the crash site. We were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic for miles as everyone gasped when we came up upon the accident scene and saw the wreckage. No words can readily describe what the scene looked like. We have all seen pictures in the news and on television of similar multi car crashes, but to see one live was indescribable.

As we got into Wisconsin, the road conditions continued to worsen. By the time we got to Brown Deer Road, we came across another multi car pile up. The freeway between Mequon Road and Brown Deer Road, heading southbound was also closed off, and there were another 40 plus cars and trucks in a massive pile up. It was like deja vu after just having seen the 50 car pile up in Racine County. Another horrific scene of carnage and damage. We could only pray that no one was seriously hurt or killed, because in some cases, the twisted metal and cars into each other looked like people could have been killed. It was that bad, similar to what we saw an hour or so before that in Racine County.

There was a similar massive pileup crash yesterday, resulting in three deaths in Michigan. Yesterday morning there were 40 vehicles involved in a crash on Interstate 96, according to the Livingston County Sheriff’s department. In addition to the 3 fatalities, there were eleven seriously injured. Some 50 to 75 emergency workers were called to the scene and the freeway was closed in both directions, until the wreckage could be cleared. Snow and ice had caused dangerous driving conditions in the area at the time of the pileup, and like all of these multi vehicle crashes go, no one really knows how it started who is to blame. The main factor is simply driving too fast for conditions. Speed is the ultimate culprit for how these accidents start. Following too close to the vehicle in front of you and driving too fast for conditions equates to a deadly accident and injuries in all of these instances.

There are predictions of a major snowstorm in Wisconsin this weekend on Sunday. There is a Packer game at Lambeau field, late Sunday afternoon. Shoppers will be out doing their holiday shopping and my concern is that between the snow and a heavy traffic day, there will be accidents, and worse, perhaps a multi vehicle pile up. Remember the two main factors that contribute to these massive pile ups; driving too close to the vehicle in front of you and driving too fast for conditions. Make sure your vehicle is in proper working order. Cut your speed by at least 10mph when driving in snowy and icy conditions. Don’t worry if people pass you. Just leave your home with plenty of extra time to get to where you are going and please everyone, just be safe out there!

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