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Dangerous roads lead to dozens of accidents in Genesee County

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(01/27/14) - It's a new week but the same story as last week and the week before - dangerous roads are making driving conditions treacherous on main roads and side streets across Mid-Michigan.

As of noon Monday, emergency crews are still responding to several accidents around Genesee County.

There were at least 46 Accidents in Genesee County since midnight Monday.

In one accident, a semi blocked portions of Southbound 75 near Bristol Road.

"I actually saw a snow plow in the ditch. First time I ever saw that one," said driver Mike Snider.

"The roads are pretty nasty, lots of accidents, but it's what I do so I'm used to it," said plow truck driver Fred Engelhorn.

Engelhorn plows for a living in the winter. His latest battle with the elements started at 2 a.m. Monday. Since he went on job, the winds have picked up and temps keep dropping.

"Lots of spin outs. The roads are real icy due to the temperatures and the salt doesn't work too well in these temperatures. It gives you traction, but it's not really melting anything," he said.

"Sixty-nine is terrible just absolutely terrible. You stay in the slow lane, it's not too bad, but if you move over into the faster lanes, it's just a sheet of ice. The off ramps are just horrible. 75,69 is real bad," said driver Fred Bonesteel.

This is just the latest in a long string of rough commutes this winter - and it probably won't be the last. The forecast calls for high winds and frigid temps all week.

"It's been good for people in the snow plow business, but horrible for everybody else. It's been a rough one. After the last two years with no snow, it's like, 'where did this come from?'" Engelhorn said.

"Cold and bad. Like when I was a kid, cold. It's been bad," Snider said.

Be careful if you're driving in this weather and always be sure to watch your speed.

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