(02/05/14) - Slippery roads across Mid-Michigan forced police to close highways because some of them were just too dangerous to drive.
There were dozens of accidents reported Wednesday morning around Genesee County and in the Tri-Cities.
A big trouble spot was westbound I-69 in Davison Township. Westbound 69 at M-15, or State Road, was closed around 10:40 a.m. Not long after, Lapeer County closed westbound 69 from Elba Road all the way into Genesee County.
According to the Genesee County 911 page online, it has since reopened, after being closed for about six hours.
Michigan State Police went car to car and traffic stuck in the closure was eventually rerouted at a nearby turnaround.
Davison Township Police tell us crews had to clean up two semis. We saw a number of other crashes out there too, but taking care of those semis takes more time and more than just your typical tow truck. No one appeared to be seriously hurt.
A jackknifed semi on I-69 near Swartz Creek also shut down the highway in between Morrish and M-13.
"I seen it coming in this morning. I was taking the kids to school. I saw the fire trucks shutting down the freeway, so yeah, it was pretty bad," said driver Rob Cross.
East and westbound lanes were shut down for quite a while.
In Saginaw County, the roads have improved some compared to what they looked like Wednesday morning, but drivers still need to be careful. There are a lot of slick spots, especially in the rural parts of Saginaw County.
Saginaw County Road crews have been working a lot of overtime for the past few months. They're loading up salt and trying to clear the roads. One of their biggest challenges Wednesday was fighting the wind, which caused snow to blow all over the place.
Dennis Borchard, with the road commission in Saginaw County, says the county receives $1.3 million for its yearly winter budget and they have already spent more than $1 million so far. Pretty soon, they may have to start looking for other ways to save money since it's only February.
For a press release from the city of Flint regarding snow removal, click HERE.
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