Hundreds of Cars Involved in Deadly Pile-Up on I-96 Near Lansing

1:22 PM, Jan 13, 2005   |    comments
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Okemos - At least two people are dead and 37 others are recovering from injuries after multiple pileups involving about 200 vehicles in thick fog on Interstate 96 east of Lansing. Ingham County sheriff's officials say a 14-year-old boy was killed when the S-U-V he was riding in and about ten other vehicles crashed in the westbound lanes about 3 p.m. Wednesday near Williamston. The boy's mother and grandmother are in critical condition. The other fatal crash happened within about 30 minutes, when an eastbound vehicle driven by a man hit a semi truck from behind. The sheriff's department says a total of 114 vehicles were involved in crashes in the eastbound lanes, while 80 to 100 vehicles were involved in westbound crashes. The rest of the vehicles were involved in minor collisions involving two or three at a time. WZZM 13 Meteorologist Joe Kopececk says dense fog formed as afternoon temperatures in the Lansing area surpassed 50 degrees, reducing visibility to one-quarter mile. State police closed a 12-mile stretch of I-96 in both directions between Okemos and Webberville for several hours. People involved in the crash say it was unbelievable. They could hear screeching brakes and crashing cars. Stay with WZZM 13 on-air and on-line for the latest on this story.

Chris Fleszar/Associated Press

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