Whiteout conditions likely cause of deadly pileup in Michigan

3 killed in 40-car pileup near Fowlerville, Mich.

LIVINGSTON COUNTY, Mich. – Michigan State Police provided an update to Thursday morning’s crash on I-96 near Fowlerville saying the cause was most likely weather related.

The westbound lanes of the interstate are shut down between M-52 and M-59. The eastbound lanes have reopened.

Authorities said there were whiteout conditions and it is unclear which vehicle initially started the chain reaction.

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The pileup involved up to 40 vehicles and three people were killed. There were 11 people taken to area hospitals with nonlife-threatening injuries.

It is unclear when either direction of the interstate will be reopened to traffic.

MSP said it appears alcohol was not a factor in the crash. An accident investigation is underway.

SKY4 was overhead as crews worked through the wreckage:


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