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25 Injured in Michigan Highway Pileup

February 13, 2006

MUSKEGON, Mich. (AP) _ An 86-vehicle pileup along U.S. Highway 31 near Lake Michigan sent 25 people to the hospital with minor injuries on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

Some drivers began to slow as lake-effect snow created whiteout conditions, and they were rear-ended by vehicles behind them that were unable to stop, Muskegon police said.

Several cars caught fire, and one woman panicked as she tried to get her infant son out of the car, witness Laurie Devries said.

``Her car was on fire and she couldn’t get out, so she just passed the baby through the window,″ Devries said. ``We kind of got him up to the hill and helped some other people out of their car.″

A two-mile stretch of the highway was closed for several hours as authorities cleared the wreckage.

Police said they did not expect to issue any citations because it appeared everyone was driving as well as they could under the conditions.

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