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Westbound I-96 Reopens After 20-30 Car Pileup Causes Massive Closure

"Everyone started bouncing into each other like a winter snowstorm."

July 16, 2019 - 7:24 pm

BRIGHTON, Mich. (WWJ) -- Westbound I-96 near Brighton has reopened after a messy crash near Kensington Road Tuesday evening left the freeway closed for several hours.

The interstate was closed between Kensington and Pleasant Valley after low visibility and speeds to high for the slick road conditions caused a 20-30 car pileup. Michigan State Police said several cars were involved in a crash west of Kensington, sending vehicles in all directions, some into the ditch. As traffic backed up, several more accidents occurred as drivers did not have enough time to slow down.

WWJ Traffic tipster Anna says she witnessed the mess happening as she was headed eastbound. 

"There was an accident on the right-hand shoulder, there were about four cars stopped and then I started watching and no one could stop in time for that," she told the WWJ Traffic Center. "Everyone started bouncing into each other like a winter snowstorm. There’s at least 10 cars piled up and everybody was still going full throttle because they couldn’t tell because there’s so much rain coming off the highway."

She says she pulled over to call 9-1-1 when she saw the first accident and saw more cars slamming into one another, as well as into the center median, in her rear-view mirror.

State police said six people were taken to hospitals with minor injuries.

State Police, the Livingston County Sheriff's Office, the Brighton Fire Department and EMS responded to the scene. 

The crash happened before 7 p.m. and the freeway reopened around 9:30 p.m.

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