2nd person dies following I-94 pileup

The crashes on I-94 involved dozens of vehicles and semi-trucks. (Courtesy: Michigan State Police)

HARTFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police say a second person has died following a series of crashes on Interstate 94 earlier this month.

Authorities say Andrew Griesemer died at Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo on Sunday. His mother, 78-year-old Carol Griesemer of Northville, was also killed in the crash.

Vehicles are brought to a park-and-ride in Hartford after three pileups on I-94 between Watervliet and Hartford. (Jan. 17, 2016)
Vehicles are brought to a park-and-ride in Hartford after three pileups on I-94 between Watervliet and Hartford. (Jan. 17, 2016)

Police said Andrew was driving the vehicle and his mom was a passenger in the back seat when the Jan. 17 crash happened around 2 p.m. on I-94 between Hartford and Watervliet.

Troopers said a total of 42 vehicles, including five semi-trucks were involved in the pileup, which happened during heavy lake effect snow. More than a dozen people were injured in the crash including a deputy from the Van Buren County Sheriff’s office. That deputy was treating a victim at the scene when he or she was hit.

About 10 minutes after the eastbound crash, five other crashes happened in the westbound lanes of I-94, east of Hartford. Four semi-trucks and four vehicles were involved in those crashes which resulted in minor injuries, troopers said.

Police said the crashes appear to have been caused by drivers who were going too fast for conditions and following too closely, and also by poor visibility.

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