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(CNN)—Michigan State Police had to use buses to evacuate people from a massive traffic pileup that also became a hazardous materials situation and included a fireworks explosion.

The accident happened Friday morning on Interstate 94, west of Battle Creek. Police said weather played a role by causing whiteout conditions and a slippery roadway.

Police said almost 200 cars and trucks were involved in the chain-reaction crash. Video from a witness showed cars and trucks slamming into the stalled wrecks and people running from their vehicles.









Authorities said one person was killed in the accident, a 57-year-old truck driver from Canada, and almost two dozen more were injured, including two firefighters who were working at the scene.

At one point during the accident, State Police said, a truck carrying fireworks crashed and exploded, setting other cars on fire. Another truck carrying formic acid also crashed, causing damage to the roadway.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, formic acid is a colorless liquid with a pungent, penetrating odor that can cause eye, skin and throat irritation as well as nausea. It is most often used for livestock feed preservation. The chemical occurs naturally in ant and bee venom.

Both eastbound and westbound lanes of the highway were closed for at least 14 hours.

"We took buses to the scene to get people out of there and to get them out of the cold," said State Police Lieutenant Rick Padzer.

"It can be very stressful and frustrating for police responding," he added.
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Winter Chill Causes Travel Chaos Across the Country as Firework Truck Explodes and Causes 150 vehicle Pile-Up in Frozen Michigan, US

  • Snow, wind and poor visibility made for horrific driving conditions in Michigan where a fire on a truck carrying fireworks caused an explosion and a 150-vehicle pileup
  • Record-breaking cold, which has already claimed 21 lives, has seen temperatures across US drop to below zero
  • On Friday morning, extreme conditions forced officials to shut down 132-mile stretch of the Thruway, New York
  • Meanwhile, hundreds of schools in Chicago, Boston and other large cities were closed for second day running
  • And it is not just humans who are affected by the arctic blast - two baby penguins moved indoors in Pittsburgh
  • Up to 14 inches of snow fell on parts of Buffalo on Friday; residents warned frostbite could develop in minutes
  • Frigid weather has even affected Florida - with snow flurries reported for the first time since 26 December, 2010
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Police say roughly 150 vehicles were involved in fatal pileup along a snowy Michigan interstate that caused fires on trucks carrying fireworks and acid.
Michigan State Police Lt. Rick Pazder says the Friday morning accident killed one person — a trucker from Ottawa, Canada — and injured an unknown number of people. He says investigators believe around 150 vehicles were involved, mostly in westbound lanes.

Investigators say all hazardous materials from the crash have burned off and by Friday afternoon, authorities had lifted advisories for nearby residents to stay inside.
Authorities are blaming snow, wind and poor visibility for the accidents.

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The record-breaking cold, which has already claimed the lives of at least 21 people, has seen temperatures plummet to below zero around the country, with lake-effect snow and wind chills making it feel even chillier.





A massive vehicle pileup occurred in Michigan early Friday afternoon after a truck carrying fireworks caught on fire and exploded





Michigan State Police Lt. Rick Pazder says the Friday morning accident killed one person — a trucker from Ottawa, Canada — and injured an unknown number of people





Investigators say all hazardous materials from the crash have burned off and by Friday afternoon. More than 20 people are believed to have died as a result of the plummeting temperatures across the United States




150 cars were involved in the pileup and one person was killed as a result, shutting down a major portion of the Michigan thruway







Authorities also had to evacuate a three mile area around the scene of the accident to make sure all residents were safe





It is unknown just how many people were injured and authorities are blaming snow, wind and poor visibility for the accidents



Michigan State Police Lt. Rick Pazder says the accident killed one person — a trucker from Ottawa, Canada — and injured an unknown number of people. He says investigators believe around 150 vehicles were involved, mostly in westbound lanes.

The crashes were reported between mile markers 88 and 92 in eastern Kalamazoo County, near Galesburg.This as a deadly arctic blast with severe wind chills is continuing to wreak havoc across the US - forcing schools to close, filling up homeless shelters and even causing penguins to be taken inside.

The record-breaking cold, which has already claimed the lives of at least 21 people, has seen temperatures plummet to below zero around the country, with lake-effect snow and wind chills making it feel even chillier.




The crashes were reported between mile markers 88 and 92 in eastern Kalamazoo County, near Galesburg




Another truck that was involved in the accident and caught on fire was carrying a bed filled with acid





Some were forced to get out and abandon their vehicles for their own safety following the accident






Investigators say all hazardous materials from the crash have burned off and residents nearby are returning to their homes


On Friday morning, the extreme conditions forced officials to shut down a 132-mile stretch of the Thruway in western New York for the second time since the epic November snowstorms amid concerns over the safety of drivers.

Meanwhile, hundreds of schools in Chicago, Boston and other large cities from the South to the Northeast and Midwest decided to close for a second day running, unable to cope with the sub-zero climates. Others chose to delay their opening by several hours.

And it is not just humans who have been affected by the cold - in Pittsburgh, two baby African penguins were moved indoors at the National Aviary, where the endangered animals that are native to South Africa will remain until temperatures rise.





White out: A stand of trees sit covered in ice in eastern Colorado Springs, Colo. as a winter storm moves through the region Friday





Snowstorm: A deadly arctic blast is continuing to wreak havoc across the US - forcing schools to close, filling up homeless shelters and even leading to zoo penguins being ordered inside. Above, a woman walks her daughter to school in snowy Brooklyn on Friday morning




School run: The record-breaking cold, which has already claimed the lives of at least 21 people, has seen temperatures plummet to below zero around the country, with lake-effect snow and wind chills making it feel even chillier. Above, a man and his son walk in Brooklyn





Still open: On Friday morning, the extreme conditions forced officials to shut down a 132-mile stretch of the Thruway in western New York. Above, a school bus drives through the snow in New York on Friday morning. Many schools elsewhere were closed due to the cold







A chilly start: Residents of Brooklyn make their way to work on Friday morning , while a man rides his bike through the snow




Beautiful: Sub-zero temperatures continued to strike Capitol Hill in Washington early Friday morning (pictured). With the end of the first week of the GOP-controlled 114th Congreess, House Republicans are on track to easily pass legislation on the Keystone XL oil pipeline




President Barack Obama is seen walking through the snow as he departs the White House on Friday. He will shortly travel to Tennessee




Freezing: It is not just humans who have been affected by the cold - in Pittsburgh, these two baby African penguins (pictured) were moved indoors at the National Aviary, where the endangered animals that are native to South Africa will remain until temperatures rise






Forecast: According to the National Weather Service, up to 14 inches of snow fell on parts of Buffalo in upstate New York on Friday morning, while snow already blanketing South Dakota was whipped by winds into a 'ground blizzard'. Above, Friday's wind chills





Low highs: This graphic, by The Weather Channel, shows the highs forecast for Saturday - 22 degrees in New York, Boston and Cincinnati





Slightly warmer: On Sunday, highs in New York state are expected to be a higher 33 degrees as the cold arctic air eases a little



According to the National Weather Service, up to 14 inches of snow fell on parts of Buffalo in upstate New York on Friday morning, while snow already blanketing South Dakota was whipped by winds into a 'ground blizzard' that has resulted in treacherous driving conditions.
Meanwhile, in Minnesota, temperatures plunged to below zero again, with a wind chill of minus 29 Fahrenheit making it feel far colder. Emergency crews were called to dozens of crashes in the state just a day after the icy weather led to at least 654 collisions during Thursday's commutes.
In such frigid conditions, frostbite could set in with just 15 minutes' exposure to the air, the Weather Service said, advising people to keep pets indoors

In New Jersey, some officials have empowered law enforcement to move homeless people off the streets and into shelters, which are quickly becoming filled up. Blankets were being given out on Friday morning at some of the 15 small tent cities around Huntsville, Alabama.

On Wednesday evening, a staggering 1,07 people - including 30 children, some as young as a few months old - crowded into the Pacific Garden Mission homeless shelter, in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago, swelling the population of the 24-hour shelter pasts its 990-person capacity.
'We have 990 beds but we don’t turn anyone away,' Phil Kwiatkowski, president of the mission, told NBC.





Blanketed: A fresh layer of snow covers Norwood Avenue in Buffalo, New York, on Friday morning amid frigid temperatures and winds




Snowy conditions: Two women brave the cold weather as they walk through a snowstorm in Brooklyn, New York, on Friday morning




Clearing up: A man donning a white jacket shovels snow from a sidewalk in Brooklyn, New York, as commuters brave the winter weather





Determined: Rob Sonnenberg is pictured struggling to dig his car out of snow on West Ferry Street in Buffalo, New York, before work




Stunning: On Wednesday evening, a staggering 1,07 people - including 30 children, some as young as a few months old - crowded into the Pacific Garden Mission homeless shelter, in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. Above, Capitol Hill in Washington on Friday morning





Elsewhere: Young boys are pictured playing football in the snow in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after their school was closed on Friday




Unusual: The frigid weather has even affected Florida - with snow flurries reported in the Jacksonville area on Thursday afternoon, the first time a trace of snow has been reported since 2010. Above, City Hall workers rush outside to see if they can catch a glimpse of the flurries





Snowfall: This graphic shows the snowfall forecast through to Saturday evening. In Buffalo, up to 24 inches is expected in some areas



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As the deadly arctic blast continues to strike the eastern half of the US, extra care is being taken to protect the homeless.
In New Jersey, some officials have empowered law enforcement to move homeless people off the streets and into shelters.
Meanwhile, blankets were being given out at some of the 15 small tent cities around Huntsville, Alabama.
Workers from a nonprofit organization there encouraged residents of the encampments to come inside. Some people planned to stay at a church that was opening as a shelter.
'We've got snow flurries as the temperatures continue to drop so they're coming in,' said Clete Wetli, executive director of First Stop Inc., which provides transportation, mental health counseling and other services to the homeless.
'The last thing we want is for someone to get hypothermia or die of frostbite.'
In New York, the Thruway Authority closed Interstate 90 just in the early hours of Friday morning from Exit 46 outside Rochester to Exit 61 at Ripley, on the Pennsylvania border, amid strong winds and three-foot-deep snow. The closure followed an announcement from Govornor Andrew Cuomo.
It comes just a day after train rails cracked by the cold caused severe delays for commuters in Washington, D.C, while tens of thousands of airline passengers were also hit by 1,937 delays and 515 cancellations by mid-afternoon, according to FlightAware.com.
Commuters vented their frustration on Twitter throughout Thursday, with many posts including photos of stations and trains jam-packed with people. One Twitter user wrote that he loves being told to avoid lines that have delays, adding, 'OK, I'll just move my house and job for the day.'

The coldest place in the country on Thursday was recorded to be Estcourt Station, the northernmost point in Maine, with temperatures of minus 38 degrees F (minus 39 C), meteorologist Dan Petersen of the National Weather Service said.

Records were broken from Montpelier, Vermont, at minus 20 F (minus 29 C), to Jackson, Kentucky, with minus 1 F (minus 18 C), he said. Snow flurries were reported as far south as Jacksonville, Florida.
'It's the face, it's like being hit with a sheet of ice,' Bart Adlam, 40, president of U.S. yogurt supplier siggi's, said as he rode a bike through Times Square on his way to work at 8am in New York. The wind chill there reportedly made 9 degrees F (minus 12 C) feel like 2 below (minus 18 C).

The frigid weather has even affected Florida - with snow flurries reported in the Jacksonville area on Thursday afternoon, the first time a trace of snow has been reported since December 26, 2010.
Before that, the last sighting of snow was on December 22, 1995.
Meanwhile, there were reports of a water main break in Indiana resulting in several cars becoming 'glued' to the road by frozen water. Residents were forced to abandon their stranded cars and use public transport, or walk, to get to work and school.
In Boston, incoming Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker shortened the outdoor portion of his inauguration ceremony on Thursday out of concern it was too cold for spectators, a spokesman said.
'It's cold but I'm bundled up,' said Willie Council, 65, a homeless man rocking back and forth to stay warm on K Street, Washington's corridor for lobbyists and lawyers. 'I've got on three pairs of socks but I don't have any boots.'
Chicago's biggest homeless shelter filled its beds to capacity, putting some of the overflow crowd on mattresses on the floor, while others spent the night on the streets.

A man was found dead in a portable toilet on the Northwest Side of Chicago on Wednesday, according to police. The cause of 51-year-old Marek Bobak's death was cold exposure and coronary artery atherosclerosis, the Cook County Medical Examiner determined on Thursday.
Even sledding hills around Chicago and ice-skating rinks in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, were shut down because of risk of wind chill, while Maine's Sugarloaf Mountain closed ski trails because of 'Arctic conditions.'

Temperatures also plummeted to an uncharacteristic 10 to 15 degrees F (minus 12 C to minus 9 C) overnight across the Gulf Coast. In South Carolina, the odd snowflake on the beach drew excited observers outside to watch in wonder.
For many students across the eastern US, Thursday saw their first day off school for weather-related reasons. In northwest Georgia, schools in Catoosa County had a two-hour delayed start because of temperatures expected to top out at 27 degrees and dip as low as minus 2 degrees with wind chills.
Many other cities modified school schedules, including Detroit, where it was 3 degrees early Thursday. Students got the day off Thursday at Detroit Public Schools, the state's largest district, and at many other districts around Michigan.





Coated: Lisa Haan clears snow from her neighbor's sidewalk in Grand Rapids, Michigan, while her own jacket s coated in the white stuff




Accident: A semi-truck blocks all southbound lanes of Router 131 near the 36th St. overpass just south of Grand Rapids in Michigan




Held up: Traffic is at a standstill on Interstate 490 near the entrance to Interstate 90 in LeRoy, New York, as a section of the Thruway was closed on Friday. Some of the drivers, learning that the the closure was longer than expected, turned around before getting onto the road




Hazardous: A man walks through snow on Wednesday at Pinhook Park in South Bend, Indiana, Thursday as schools in the area closed





Picturesque: Wind blows snow off the North Avenue Beach along the Lake Michigan shore in Chicago on Wednesday amid heavy winds


School districts also closed schools in Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Pennsylvania and Maine.
In Minnesota, forecasters expect blizzard conditions to develop in a portion of the River Valley. Weather officials say wind gusts of 40 to 50 mph combined with fresh snow will significantly reduce visibility, especially in open, rural areas.

A blizzard warning was posted in an area from Granite Falls southeast to Mankato and Albert Lea

And while the severe weather has impacted on Pittsburgh's penguins, more than a dozen horses in northern Ohio have been met with a worse fate - perishing in a barn fire on Thursday that was likely caused by a space heater being used to thaw frozen pipes at a farm.

'It just engulfed the building. It went up in a hurry,' said Tim Kelly, an employee of the farm in Tallmadge, a suburb of Akron. 'By the time you saw it, the building was just full of smoke with flames just coming through the roof.'

Firefighters were hindered by temperatures hovering around three degrees.
Meanwhile, in the Dakotas, another Alberta clipper barreling down from Canada is bringing more bad winter weather to the region.

The National Weather Service has posted a variety of blizzard and winter weather advisories, watches and warnings for the Dakotas through Thursday. Not a lot of snow is expected, but winds gusting to 50 mph will blow around the snow that's on the ground.





A woman walks a dog in a park covered by a light snow on Thursday in Baltimore, where temperatures have remained firmly below freezing




Frozen: An ornamental fountain in Decatur, Alabama, turned into icicles on Thuesday after the temperature reached a low of 7 degrees F


Earlier this week, the extreme conditions caused an 18-vehicle pileup on a western Pennsylvania interstate, leaving two people dead and nearly two dozen injured.
Nine trucks, several of them tractor-trailers, and nine cars were involved in the crash on Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 80 in Clarion Township, state police said. At least one of the trucks was carrying hazardous material, but no leaks were found.

None of the injuries was thought to be life-threatening, but three of the 20 or so people taken to the hospital appeared to have serious injuries. The others were treated for everything from bumps to broken bones.

Meanwhile, authorities have said the severe weather and blowing snow were factors in the deaths of two northern Michigan men — an 85-year-old who was struck by a car while crossing a road to get his mail and a 64-year-old who was hit by a car while clearing snow.
A car struck 85-year-old Carl Dewey on Wednesday in Helena Township, about 30 miles northeast of Traverse City, the Antrim County sheriff's department said. There were whiteout conditions at the time, the department told The Grand Rapids Press.

The Kalkaska County sheriff's department said 64-year-old Zane Chwastek of Bear Lake Township was using a snow blower in his driveway Wednesday when a car slid off the road and struck him.





Stormy: A pair of onlookers take photos as waves crash at North Avenue Beach along the Lake Michigan shore in Chicago on Wednesday




Loading up: Bill Teskey, of Stockton, Minnesota, loads his ice auger and other tools and supplies into the back of his truck on Thursday


But despite the extreme weather and fatalities, there is little or no slow forecast for the majority of the Northeast in coming days - a stark contrast to this time last year, when parts of the region were digging out from two feet of snow accompanied by brutal polar air.

Last year, Philadelphia, New York and Boston all got around five feet of snow from December through February, or about one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half feet more than normal. But this year, they've seen only a few inches of snow since December 1.
And in Arizona, Phoenix posted a record high temperature of 80 degrees on Wednesday, breaking the previous record of 79 set in 1948.
Over in Tempe, 74-year-old Bill Justice was wearing shorts while hanging out in his yard, just days after the National Weather Service announced that 2014 was the warmest year ever recorded in Arizona.

'We can enjoy all kinds of things in the winter and the same thing in the summer,' Justice said, adding that if he lived in Colorado or another cold climate, his swimming pool would be frozen by now.

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