Police: 2nd person dies following Interstate 94 pileups

Posted at 8:32 AM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-27 13:09:29-05

HARTFORD, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a second person has died following a series of crashes along snowy Interstate 94 in southwestern Michigan earlier this month.

State police confirm 54-year-old driver Andrew Griesemer of the Detroit suburb of Northville died Sunday at a hospital in Kalamazoo. His mother, 78-year-old Carol Griesemer of Northville, was a passenger and also died.

The Jan. 17 crashes happened near the Van Buren County community of Hartford. Police say nine vehicles were involved in a crash in the eastbound lanes before two semi-trucks collided, causing a pileup of more than 40 cars and trucks. Another crash involved 12 vehicles in the westbound lanes.

More than a dozen people were injured. Police say drivers were going too fast in white-out conditions.