PD Chief: About 40 vehicles involved in SB US-31 pileup; 3 injured

A Michigan State Police cruiser was among the vehicles involved in the pileup that shut down southbound US-31 at Holton Road in Muskegon Township on Friday, Dec. 29, 2017.

MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) —  The Muskegon Township police chief says about 40 vehicles were involved in a pileup that shut down  icy southbound US-31 at Holton Road in Muskegon Township for about 2.5 hours.

Police Chief David Wypa tells 24 Hour News 8 that amazingly, only three people suffered minor injuries in the crash, which happened before 2 p.m. Friday.

“We can’t believe it ourselves,” Wypa said of the outcome.

Authorities say visibility was close to zero when a car spun out, causing the chain reaction.

“All takes is one. That’s what started the whole thing,” Wypa said.

“It was calm, and then all of a sudden, people kept hitting each other,” said Caitlin Huber.

Huber and her husband were in their gray truck when they got caught up in the crash. She witnessed a close call not far away.

“The ladies beside us in an SUV ended up under the box car, the Enterprise truck. And if they were in a sedan, it would’ve totally just sheared off the top of their car,” she explained.

A state police cruiser was among the vehicles involved in the crash, but Michigan State Police say the trooper was not injured. All three people who were injured were from the same vehicle.

>>Photos: US-31 pileup in Muskegon Township

All of the wrecked vehicles had been cleared off the highway by about 4 p.m. Friday. The roadway opened less than a half hour later, after road commission trucks salted and plowed the lanes.

Wypa offered a common reminder for winter driving: take it slow.

“If that means going 25 miles an hour — that means going 25 miles an hour,” he said.