http://fox17.trb.com/news/021206-wxmi-pileup,0,5418409.story?coll=wxmi-news-1 Major Pileup Shuts Down US-31 For Three Hours February 12, 2006 MUSKEGON COUNTY — A massive pileup in Muskegon County after Lake Effect snow brought in white-out conditions. 86 cars were involved and more than two dozen people were injured, none of them seriously. It happened around one Sunday afternoon on US-31 between Sherman Blvd. and Laketon Ave. The highway was shut down for about three hours. FOX 17 News at Ten was there to hear the stories from people trapped in the middle of it all. They were caught in a mess of metal. "I just kept hearing bang, bang bang, it just kept hitting," driver Tom Pitcher told FOX 17 News at Ten. Drivers say they were shocked by snow that seemed to come out of nowhere. "It was like an instant blizzard." "It was just white and then cars were slipping and sliding in front of us and next thing you know we were up against the guard rail and we got hit by a truck and then we just kept getting hit and hit and hit because everyone was hitting that truck," passenger Maria Ripley said. Four cars caught on fire and everyone rushed to get out. Laura DeVries helped pull a baby out of one of the car's windows. "I don't think I thought about it at all, I just tried to look around and see who needed help," DeVries told FOX 17 News at Ten. Help showed up fast. Emergency crews were overwhelmed with no place to stand except on top of cars, as a crowd gathered on the railroad overpass and the hill. "This stretch of the road, it's narrow and people get tied up in it," Pitcher said. The drivers who got tied up are still in disbelief at how many cars crashed all around them. "People were spinning around in front of me and there was nowhere to go," Dave Silberman said. He was amazed and relieved that none of the injuries were fatal or even serious, but it wasn't the same story for his brand new Cadillac. "I just bought it and made the first payment on it yesterday, I think it's totaled." He managed to stay calm. For others, emotions got the best of them. "I was just crying and shaking," Ripley said. When the snow started falling again after the accident, they were grateful to walk away from this hill, grateful for the help all around, and- "Thank God for car insurance," DeVries said.