BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - Wet roads and drivers not paying attention were to blame for a pile-up that turned the northbound lanes of U.S. 131 into a parking lot during the noon hour on Tuesday.
It happened just north of the 84th Street overpass around 12:15 p.m. and included four separate wrecks which involved three semis and eight other vehicles.
Jamie Hewartson was driving with her 1-year-old daughter, Ella, who strapped in to her car seat when she saw brake lights and plastic flying in the air.
"I was coming up along the right-hand side and there was a couple of semis," Hewartson told 24 Hour News 8.
Hewartson had two choices; she could stay in her lane and most likely get crushed by the semi behind her, or drive to the left.
"I had to think fast," Hewartson said. "Luckily it was open."
Hewartson was able to drive her car into the median between two guardrails that were barely set wide enough apart for her car to fit.
"If there wasn't that space to get through, we would have been done because that semi was coming up behind me pretty fast," Hewartson said.
Michigan State Police Sgt. Jeff Varga told 24 Hour News 8 that inattentive drivers, combined with slick pavement caused the pile ups.
Of the four crashes, the one that was just ahead of 84th Street caused vehicles in the bigger crash to slow down, causing two more crashes behind the biggest wreck.
"People are just gonna have to understand that on wet roads you've got to have the same amount of caution you do on a snowy day," Varga said.
No one was seriously hurt in the accidents. Ambulances showed up to the scene as a precaution, but no one was transported to a hospital.
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