Osceola Co. Freeway Pileup Involves Dozens; School Bus Services Helps Drivers

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“There were multiple cars to the point where they couldn’t see how many in just the mass of the traffic.”

Witnesses describe it as being one crash after another.

Deputies say a pile-up on U.S. 131 sent two people to the hospital on Wednesday afternoon.

Osceola County Sheriff’s deputies say it started with a single crash on U.S. 131 near Reed City.

That led to a chain reaction of 25 cars and at least two semis sliding into each other.

It shut down the southbound lanes for a couple of hours.

“A lot of people, and scary,” says Becky-Jo Wheeler, Reed City School transportation director. “I mean, they are setting them up on a hill in a highway in blowing winds and whiteout conditions.”

One crash led to another and then another, prompting emergency managers to call for additional help.

“We have the vehicles available,” Wheeler says.

Reed City school’s bus drivers answered, bringing stranded crash victims to their bus garage.

“It made sense to come here,” Wheeler says. “We have the facilities, the equipment to keep it open for people who were going to be picked up.”

The bus drivers brought 14 people back to shelter.

Local businesses, such as a coffee shop, donated coffee while another donated pizza.

“As drivers know that we are bringing people in, they are wanting to know can they help?” Wheeler says. “Do people have a place to go? Are they going to be stranded for the night?”

“Everyone here seems to be in good spirits,” says Holli Werner, Osceola County Emergency Management coordinator. “We’ve had to make them comfortable. They had contacted their families to come pick them up and give them transportation to a warm, safe place.”

Others declined medical treatment.

While the sheriff’s department investigates, two victims recover from injuries, and body shops repair cars, hands of support are reaching out.

“It’s vital,” Wheeler says. “The community works together, emergency management. It’s just a community environment here.”