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Snow leads to crashes, including 40-vehcile pileup

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PAW PAW TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -

A winter storm dropped record-breaking levels of snow on parts of western Michigan, leading to crashes including a roughly 40-vehicle freeway pileup.

The Van Buren County sheriff's department says six people had injuries that weren't considered life threatening following the Monday evening pileup on the eastbound side of I-94 in Paw Paw Township, about 55 miles southwest of Grand Rapids.

Sheriff Dale Gribler says a semi lost control, sparking a chain-reaction crash. Snowy weather and drivers going too fast are to blame.

The National Weather Service says the storm broke some daily snow records for Feb. 17, including 6.2 inches falling Monday in Muskegon and 5.6 inches in Grand Rapids. In southeastern Michigan, totals ranged from 2.5 to 4 inches in the Detroit area to 5 inches in Saginaw County.

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