Icy Surface Blamed For 30-Vehicle Freeway Pileup

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

ALGOMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -- A snowstorm pushing across Michigan's Lower Peninsula is being blamed for a 30-vehicle pileup that is forcing the closing of U.S. 131 north of Grand Rapids.

State police Sgt. Brian Keely tells MLive.com that no major injuries are reported in the chain-reaction crash, which happened about 12:45 p.m. Tuesday in Kent County's Algoma Township near Rockford

Keely blames the crash on rapidly forming ice on the expressway surface.

MLive.com says other accidents have been happening around Kent and Ottawa counties.

The National Weather Service says snow was falling in the Grand Rapids area at 3 p.m. Tuesday, with 17 mile-per-hour west winds and a 21-degree reading. It says snow was falling in a number of parts of the state, with temperatures ranging from the low teens to upper 20s.

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