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One Person Killed in 50-Car Pileup That Closes Interstate

January 5, 1995

ZEELAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) _ Two semi-trucks jackknifed on a snowy interstate Wednesday, causing a series of chain-reaction wrecks with about 50 vehicles, police said. One person was killed and 14 others injured.

The wreck just before 11 a.m. temporarily shut down an eight-mile stretch of Interstate 196 from Zeeland Township to Hudsonville, said Ottawa County Sheriff’s Sgt. Rich VanBeek.

There was zero visibility on the road because of driving snow, he said. The exact cause of the wrecks was not immediately clear.

About six vehicles crashed in the original accident with the semi-trucks. Behind that pileup, 40 to 50 other vehicles crashed into each other or careened into ditches, VanBeek said.

The name of the person killed was being withheld. Some of the injured were taken to hospitals; others were treated at the scene, about 20 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

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