Niles man involved in 10-vehicle pileupPublished 7:08pm Tuesday, November 15, 2011
A Niles man sustained minor injuries in a 10-vehicle pileup on U.S. Highway 31 in Oronoko Township Tuesday morning.
Jeffrey Vandenberg was driving a 2006 GMC work van at approximately 8:19 a.m. on U.S. 31 at M-139 and could not stop in time to avoid numerous crashes. He refused medical treatment at the scene but later sought treatment at Memorial Hospital in South Bend.
Troopers from the Michigan State Police Niles Post responded to the multiple-vehicle crash on U.S. 31, where the area was experiencing patches of extreme fog, which reduced visibility to 15 feet.
George Madden of Lawton, Mich. was driving a 1997 Freightliner gas tanker and was slowing due to the fog. His vehicle was struck from behind by Roger Wyckoff, who was driving a 2006 Volvo semi. Vandenburg then struck Wyckoff’s truck from behind. Vandenburg’s van then rolled onto its driver’s side; he was able to exit the vehicle on his own.
Wyckoff was transported to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph by Medic 1 ambulance and was treated and released.
The roadway was not totally blocked. Northbound motorists who were suddenly surprised by the stopped trucks slammed on their brakes, and multiple crashes took place.
All injuries were minor and not life threatening. Two semis, seven vehicles and a full-size work van were involved in the accident.
The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department and Oronoko police and fire departments assisted at the scene.