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Water main break causes crashes, pile-up in Flint

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(02/20/14) - Driving could be tricky for the next couple of days as winter maintains its grip on Mid-Michigan.

You need to be ready for any kind of weather if you're traveling, Thursday. You might run into snow, rain or freezing rain. Or - manmade problems could slow your trip.

There was a rash of accidents Thursday morning caused by slippery roads.

At about 8 a.m., a water main break on Carpenter Road at I-475 in Flint caused quite a pile up. The water ran down the entrance ramp to the expressway and turned to ice.

Two cars spun out, the cars that were following couldn't stop in time and there were a number of slow-motion crashes on the ramp. Some of the cars were damaged enough that the people inside couldn't get out, and firefighters were needed to free them.

An ambulance was called, but there didn't appear to be any serious injuries.

We spoke with one woman who managed to avoid the pile up on the ramp by driving her car into a snow bank.

"I managed to curve off when I saw two cars had slid into each other. And then as I hit the bank, four more cars just came sliding down, so we wound up with about six cars. You think it's safe, but that ice can fool you. Yeah, it can fool you. I'm glad I hit the bank instead of those other six cars down there," said Arlinda Hopkins.

The ramp re-opened at about 10:45 a.m.

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