No serious injuries in 32-vehicle pileup on I-94

A damaged vehicle sits in a parking lot following a 32-vehicle pileup on I-94 near Paw Paw. (Dec. 7, 2017)


MATTAWAN, Mich. (WOOD) — A stretch of westbound I-94 was shut down for nearly two hours Thursday morning after a pileup near Paw Paw that involved 32 vehicles.

Authorities say the crash happened around 9:15 a.m. on westbound I-94 west of exit 60 for Paw Paw.

Michigan State Police Lt. Dale Hintz tells 24 Hour News 8 that one car slid off the highway and other vehicles were traveling too fast and too close and began crashing into one another.

Dispatchers told 24 Hour News 8 the Jaws of Life were called in to help free people from the wreckage. MSP said several people suffered minor injuries, but none were considered life-threatening.

Troopers shut down a stretch of I-94 near the exit for Mattawan near the crash; the roadway reopened around 11 a.m. Thursday.

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State police urged drivers to be extra cautious as the first significant snow blankets West Michigan. Drivers should slow down and allow extra space between their vehicle and other vehicles.

Cass County Sheriff Richard Behnke said his agency responded to 21 crashes between 6 a.m. and noon Thursday, most of which were believed to be related to the weather.