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A typical winter day along a sleepy Lake Michigan erupted in chaotic mayhem Sunday afternoon after an 86-car pile up occurred in Michigan's Muskegon County along US Highway 31. In total, 25 people were evacuated to the hospital, all with minor injuries, while a two-mile section of the highway was closed for several hours, officials said.
According to Muskegon police, heavy snowfall caused icy roads and whiteout conditions along the highway. At around 1:00 p.m., as cars slowed down to better negotiate the hazardous conditions, they were hit from behind by approaching vehicles that could not stop in time.
Several cars caught fire, sending several drivers panic-stricken onto the highway.
In one shocking scene, a woman was forced to pass her baby through the window of her burning car. "Her car was on fire and she couldn't get out so she passed the baby through the window," said witness Laurie Devries. "We got him up onto the hill and then began to help others out of their car."
Amazingly, most fires were extinguished quickly and no one was seriously hurt.
Local police declined to issue any citations given the conditions of the roads.