Motorists injured in pileup of more than 50 vehicles on I-96 in Michigan

Traffic going eastbound and westbound on Interstate 96 near Grand River Ave in Portland has been closed for an indefinite period due to a large vehicle crash, Michigan State Police said.

First responders are at the scene of a pileup believed to have involved between 50-100 vehicles in west Michigan on Saturday following reports of white-out conditions prior to the crashes, according to Michigan State Police.

The pileup occurred on a five-mile stretch on eastbound Interstate 96 near Grand River Avenue and Portland Road in Portland, which is in Ionia County, about 26 miles northwest of downtown Lansing, according to State Police.

Injuries from the crashes were reported, but officials were unsure of how severe they were, according to State Police.

The Michigan Department of Transportation reported the closing of the freeway near exit 73, according to a tweet. Both westbound and eastbound I-96 will be impacted. Authorities ask motorists to avoid that stretch of freeway.

The Portland Area Fire Authority took to its Facebook page around 4:40 p.m. Saturday to announce the multiple-crash pileup.

“We are working a 50+ car accident on I96 around 77mm to the 72mm Avoid the highway,” fire officials said.

Police said weather conditions have since cleared with sunny skies since the mass collision.