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Stretch of highway notorious for accidents

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BAY COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

Accidents have been a problem state wide with this rough winter but one highway seems to have more issues than others.

It seems when the snow and wind pick up, there are many crashes on U.S. 10 in Bay and Midland counties.

So what makes that area so much worse and could there be a way to fix it?

Bay County Lieutenant Jim Chlebowski says something as simple as a light dusting can cause problems on the roadway as snow piles up and creates white-out conditions in one specific area.

"From about Frasier to Garfield Road, it's really bad in there," says Chlebowski.

He says they've tossed around the idea of planting a row of trees to possibly break the wind.

Another problem area is coming off of Business 10 on to U.S. 10, which brings into question which jurisdiction is responsible for the roadway.

Midland Police Sergeant Mike Sokol says all the municipalities work together on this stretch and doesn't believe there is a concern.

"We work with our dispatch, and there's to determine who's jurisdiction it is and we'll take a crash for them if we have too and they will as well," says Sokol.   

However, what does concern both departments is the safety of drivers traveling in this area. Both departments also want to remind drivers that when they see emergency crews responding to an accident in this area, slow down and as soon as possible move over as far away from the accident as you safely can.

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