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Slick roads lead to accidents, closures in Mid-Michigan

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  • M-15 in Tuscola County now open after accident

    M-15 in Tuscola County now open after accident

    Thursday, March 13 2014 11:35 AM EDT2014-03-13 15:35:05 GMT
    (03/12/14) - We are getting reports of numerous crashes on M-15. It is happening right now, between Richville and Vassar, in Tuscola County. One of our Facebook viewers sent a picture from the scene. It
    In Tuscola County, M-15 between Richville and Vassar has reopened after an accident involving a couple of cars, including a pick up and a Vassar police cruiser.

(03/12/14) - Police all around Mid-Michigan are cleaning up dozens of accidents because of slick road conditions.

In Tuscola County, M-15 between Richville and Vassar has reopened after an accident involving a couple of cars, including a pick up and a Vassar police cruiser.

In Genesee County, the online 911 page, has been reporting that Atherton between Vassar and Irish,  in Davison Township, has been closed for much of the day. The page says the Genesee County Road Commission closed it because of the road conditions. We saw a lot of standing water and slush, but don't know exactly what happened.

Eastbound I-69, near Duffield Road in Clayton Township, near the Genesee County-Shiawassee County line, was also closed for quite some time to removed a jack-knifed semi. That area has been a trouble spot this winter.

On Southbound I-75 near Clio, a tow truck slid off the road and got turned around, and a semi-truck jack-knifed on 475 near Pierson Road in Flint, leaking diesel fuel. No one was seriously hurt in either accident.

Elsewhere around Genesee County, it was also snowy, slippery and slow-going, as it has been many times in just the last two or three months.

Of course that means plow trucks were out again and crews were trying to make it a little easier and safer for drivers.

"We had our crew in at 4 a.m. this morning. They started out on the roads. They started out on the trunkline, Dort Highway, Corunna Road. They've been on the major, majors throughout the rest of the day. It looked like it began to ice up a little bit. They snow has continued longer than projected, so we've actually gone back to make another pass along the major, majors. And then we'll have to make a judgment call on the volume of snow. If and when we could get into the residentials. Different forecast for tomorrow. We'll probably have to see what the drivability is, lanes passable and then we'll make a judgment decision there," said Howard Croft, Flint DPW Director.

In Saginaw County, some drivers had a rough commute on their way to work Wednesday morning. The roads were much better by the afternoon.

Police and emergency crews responded to about 50 accidents Wednesday morning. There were a lot of single cars running off the road.

"It was very treacherous. A lot of accidents coming on I-75. Pretty bad, I would have preferred not to have went, but I had to be here," said driver Garrett Knickerbocker.

Tom McIntyre, with Saginaw 911, says one of the major problems is that some drivers are going too fast.

The Saginaw County Road Commission is out clearing primary and secondary roads. They haven't experienced any severe issues, but the blowing snow did create some problems.

"We're just getting enough snow that it's that typical thing of the icing and it really is. With the wind, it has made the surface streets very slippery, so everyone needs to take their time until the salt kicks in and be patient," McIntyre said.

In Bay County, the wind caused whiteout conditions. Drivers were asked to stay off the roads earlier.

That made it tough for this Delta College student to get to class.

"It was really bad. I thought school would be canceled because the snow was blowing. It was like white out in front of you, you really couldn't see coming in and the highway was really bad too," said Toni Mirelt. "I did like 35, I just got off on the highway on Tittabawassee. I didn't want to stay on the highway, I was scared."

The snow also led to closures in 100 school districts and forced some high school basketball games to be canceled. Those games include Grand Blanc versus Howell at Linden, Carman-Ainsworth at Mount Pleasant, Millington and Goodrich at North Branch, Montrose at Beecher and St. Thomas More at Peck.

All of these games have been re-scheduled with the same games times Thursday night.

There are a few games in the north that will still be played Wednesday. They include Swan Valley taking on Big Rapids, Beaverton versus East Jordan and Mount Pleasant Sacred Heart playing Fulton.

Stay with ABC12 News and for the latest on road conditions.

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