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After Michigan 200-car pile-up, what to do if you're in one

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A 200-car pile-up in Michigan Friday killed one person and sent more that 20 to the hospital.

There was nearly half a foot of snow on the ground, making for treacherous driving conditions.

That pileup got us thinking: What's the best way to handle yourself in a similar situation?

"First of all, slow down," Captain Dale Snyder of the Dubuque County Sheriff's Office said. "And second of all, turn your headlights on. Don't count on your automatic headlights to come on, because they may only come on in front. So if you can't see people from behind, they can't see you either."

If you do find yourself involved in a wreck or pile-up, the decision to get out is entirely up to you, he said.

"You make the decision if you want to stay in your car and try to stay safe in there, or get out of your car and try to get in front of the accident in case your car gets struck -- you don't receive any additional injuries," Snyder said. "But that's a personal choice. You have to make that choice on your own on the scene of what's going to be best for you at that time."

He said the same applies if you're considering trying to help other drivers involved in the wreck.

"We prefer you come and help instead of standing by and watching, because you could save a life and maybe someone down the road could save yours if it was you," Snyder said.

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