Snowy conditions cause backups for first responders

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GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (1/12/2017) - Emergency crews are being stretched thin Friday.

Slippery roads are causing accidents across Mid-Michigan.

Police in Grand Blanc Township is responding to them as quickly as they can.

"So, it got bad for us really quick for us,” Chief Ron Wiles said.

Grand Blanc Township Police officers had a busy Friday.

"Again the roads aren't good right now," Wiles said.

Seven officers were out responding to each accident.

"You know Mother Nature is powerful and today she just showed that keeps us on our toes,” Wiles told ABC 12.

The police chief says they've been called out to around two dozen car crashes.

"It slows everything down. It takes longer for our officers to get there. Tow trucks get tied up and then we are waiting for tow trucks to come and pull these vehicles out,” Wiles said.

He says if you find yourself in this situation stay in your car and wait for police.

"Unfortunately there are a lot of cars sliding around out there. Call 911 and officers will respond as quickly as they can to help you,” Wiles said.

He says they'll be out at each accident for 12 to 15 minutes until moving onto the next crash if there's a backup in calls.

"You know we have our lights going so the drivers can see what's going on. They typically slow down and see what's going on, which should increase the safety. The last thing we want to do is to see more and more pileups. We find that certain areas they get really slippery and drivers don't know,” he said.

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