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WAYLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- Snow caused scores of pile-ups on West Michigan roads Monday, forcing traffic to be rerouted along U.S. 131 and I-96.

The crashes began about 10:45 a.m. as a fresh coat of snow blanketed area roadways. By late afternoon, snowfall amounts ranged from two inches in Comstock Park to a little more than an inch on the WZZM Weather Deck.

Northbound U.S. 131 was closed around 2:30 p.m. in Allegan County after several vehicles collided or slid off the highway near the Wayland exit. Traffic was diverted to Division and 100th Street in Dorr. Michigan State Police say several people were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries. Northbound U.S. 131 reopened around 4:30 p.m.

Another large traffic snarl happened around 1:45 p.m. on westbound M-6 when four vehicles and a semi truck crashed near Kalamazoo Avenue SE. Michigan State Police say no one was seriously injured.

Earlier Monday morning, four cars crashed on northbound U.S. 131 north of Franklin Street. At least one person was pinned in their vehicle and had to be freed by Grand Rapids firefighters.

Several more accidents occurred about 11 a.m. on both north and southbound lanes of U.S. 131 between 28th Street and the S-Curve.

About the same time U.S. 131 was being snarled, several accidents on I-196 near Chicago Drive and along I-96 west of Plainfield Avenue NE brought traffic to a crawl.

Road crews were dispatched to apply salt and along U.S. 131 between the S-Curve and 28th Street where the bulk of the accidents occurred.

"We always see a rash of accidents with the first snow,'' MDOT spokesman John Richard said. "People need to slow down and leave plenty of space between their vehicle and the one in front of them.''

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