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Snow causes hazardous roads in Mid-Michigan

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(12/26/13) - Snow overnight caused hazardous roads across Mid-Michigan.

Dozens of accidents were reported.

We drove north past Clio, then back south to US-23, and the roads seem to be more dangerous the further south you go.

"I would definitely stay away from the highways until they get them all cleared out, they're real slick. They don't seem slick, but they really are and just stay safe," said Christopher Hunt, of Marks Lawncare. "The 69 corridor is real slippery. All these side roads are pretty slippery too."

As Road crews cleared the snow Thursday morning, they were still navigating around damage caused by the weekend ice storm that continues to leave thousands without power.

"We've had very few road closures due to the ice or down trees. The biggest problem we have right now is signals without power," said John Daly, of the Genesee County Road Commission.

Genesee County Road Commission crews have been working around the clock since Sunday. This latest batch of snow just added to already treacherous conditions this holiday week.

"We've had crews out around 3 a.m. this morning and what they were experiencing this morning was some buildup of patchy black ice that had been there a day or so, then new snowfall," Daly said.

"I saw a salt truck go down, so they're working on it," said driver Wayne Coggins. "They're gonna get better, but right now they're pretty slippery and snowy, snow covered, so just drive slow and drive careful."

We spoke with the Saginaw County 911 dispatch, and we're told they have taken more than a dozen reports of crashes, spin-outs and-rollovers there, too.

State Police say some people are driving way too fast for conditions.

On Southbound I-75, near Wadsworth in Buena Vista Township, a moving truck lost control and slammed into a side rail. An emergency crew was called to the scene. We aren't sure how many people were riding in the truck or how seriously anyone was injured.

State police say most of the accidents, Thursday, resulted only in vehicle damage, however, there were a number of them that ended with personal injuries. None of them have been reported deadly.

It was a different story Wednesday evening, when a driver in Saginaw lost control and drove off the Center Street Bridge on the city's south side. The passenger in that crash died.

Police say it's very important that drivers practice safety.

"Part of the problem is that people are driving way too fast. People need to allow more time to get to their destinations, and also to increase their following distance. This gives them more time to react should a car in front of them lose control, and it prevents having two traffic crashes," said Trooper Harry Rice, of the Michigan State Police.

It might seem like common sense, but it's important to clear the snow from your car. It'll save you and other drivers a lot of trouble.

"Make sure you clean all of your windows off. The hood of your car, your roof as well as your vehicle lighting, this will allow you to have better visibility and allow other drivers to see you," Rice said.

State police also suggest you have an emergency kit somewhere in you car, which includes an extra set of warm clothes, boots, a flash light, and a blanket.

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