U.S. 131 accidents in Michigan spark crashes involving up to '40 vehicles and jackknifed semi' leaving several injured

A WINTER storm in Michigan sparked several vehicle pile-ups involving at least 40 cars and a jackknifed semi-truck that left several injured on a major US highway.

According to reports, the latest accident on the US-131 happened southbound near Post Dr (Exit 95).



The latest weather-related incident saw as many as 30 to 40 cars piled up on the highway.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids warned drivers of "dangerous driving conditions in parts of West Michigan."

The agency said southbound US-131 in Kent County is closed at Post Drive due to "numerous crashes".

Earlier today, another 12 to 14 vehicles were involved in a pile-up on the northbound side near the 100th street bridge south of Grand Rapids.

Police said that around 12.30pm local time, a semi-tractor trailer jackknifed on the northbound side caused a multi-vehicle pileup after the truck driver tried to avoid a crash ahead.

The northbound side of the highway reopened at around 3pm after the chain-reaction crashes.

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The US-131 highway connects Michigan and Indiana Toll Road.

NEW YORK CHAOS

On Wednesday, the Grand Rapids NWS forewarned drivers that snow, blustery winds, and falling temperatures will create hazardous travel conditions across West Michigan into Thursday.

Also, on Wednesday, a major freeway in New York saw over 20 cars piled up as arctic air and snowfall hit the East Coast, causing delays at LaGuardia Airport.

New York State Police said they're dealing with 15 separate accidents spread across the Hutchinson River, Cross County, and Bronx River Parkways.

The Westchester County Police shared a photo that showed multiple cars piled up near Boston Post Road in Pelham, NY.

Freezing rain in the Tri-State area caused ground delays at LaGuardia airport as all flights were stalled for at least an hour.



VIRGINIA SNOWMAGEDDON

On Monday, hundreds of drivers were stranded for more than 15 hours on Interstate 95 near Virginia.

Cars and trucks remained gridlocked on the I-95 as of 5am local time on Tuesday, while around 400,000 people were left without power.

According to the National Weather Service., Fredericksburg saw around 14 inches of snow, while temperatures plunged to bitter lows of 13F overnight.

Meanwhile, around 12 inches of the white stuff fell in Chancellorsville.

Some stranded motorists spent more than 20 hours in the massive traffic jams.

Per WTOP, some were left without heat as they had to turn off their car engines to save fuel.

One person told the outlet that they had been stuck on the interstate with their three kids, including a baby.

Another said he had been stuck in traffic on the interstate for two-and-a-half hours, fearing he would miss his dad's funeral.

Senator Tim Kaine said he had been stuck on the interstate for 19 hours while heading to Washington DC.

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