(01/28/14) - Slippery roads are blamed for a traffic accident that closed a
portion of a busy Mid-Michigan expressway for much of the morning, Tuesday.
North bound US-23 reopened at about 11:30 after being closed at Torrey Road for 2.5 hours.
Just before 9 a.m., a car began to fishtail as it entered the highway.
"The car was entering on to the freeway from the Torrey Road ramp, lost control in front of a pickup hauling a flatbed trailer. The flatbed trailer, we believe, slowed down to avoid the vehicle in front of it that lost control. The semi couldn't stop and it ran into the back of the trailer. It actually got on top of the trailer and drove it down into the median," said Rick Aro, Fenton Police chief.
The semi ended up jackknifed, blocking both northbound lanes.
The car that caused the crash left the scene. Police say the driver may not have realized what had happened.
The semi was loaded with beer. It took three heavy-duty wreckers to pull the cab and trailer of the median.
The pickup in the crash wasn't damaged much, but the flatbed trailer he was towing was destroyed.
The Torrey Road entrance ramp was closed and northbound US-23 traffic was diverted on to Silver Lake Road while the accident was cleared up. The median guard rail was damaged in the crash.
Although the accident looks horrendous, no one was injured.
Police officers, fire fighters and tow truck operators worked in sub-zero conditions to clear the accident scene.
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