Vehicle-pedestrian crash led to 1 of 4 multi-car crashes on Metro freeways

Vehicle-pedestrian crash led to 1 of 4 multi-car crashes on Metro freeways

At least four multiple-vehicle crashes, including one involving more than 50 cars, injured at least 17 people and closed Metro Detroit freeways Sunday as heavy snow returned to the region, authorities said. 

Most crash sites were cleared and lanes reopened by Sunday evening, even as the National Weather Service warned of continued heavy snowfall in parts of Metro Detroit between Interstate 96/696 and Interstate 94 corridors with near whiteout conditions.

Crashes roiled traffic from Wayne County to Macomb County due to “driver-error” events in falling snow and white-out conditions. 

What appeared to be the largest pileup, with more than 50 cars, occurred on I-96 east of Grand River Road, according to David Fornell, deputy fire commissioner for the Detroit Fire Department, which hadtransported 17 motorists to hospitals.