Icy roads wreak havoc on morning commute - WNEM TV 5

Icy roads wreak havoc on morning commute

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It's hard to see, but it made its presence known. Black ice caught some drivers off guard on Thursday morning.

"I was just passing through, and I noticed it was raining and 28. So, I decided I’d slow down," said motorist, Denise Ivestered.

Accidents were reported across area freeways. The slippery condition were so bad at one point, portions of Interstate 75 between Birch Run and Vienna Township had to be shut down.

"The most difficult part of the ride is the freezing rain," said Sam Mitchell.

Mitchell said he was traveling from Traverse City to Kentucky.  He saw salt trucks, but was still nervous at times.

"Overpasses we were very leery of and very cautious of freezing. Because temperatures are hovering under 30 degrees or right around 30. That's dangerous," Mitchell said.

The freezing drizzle didn't last long, but it was enough to send cars spinning out of control.

"About a half hour ago, I was coming up to that intersection over there by 75, and I went to tap on the breaks and I started sliding, and almost went through the intersection and hit a car," said motorist Josh Woodley.

Woodley said the close call can be a lesson learned.

"Give a little time when you're going up to the light. Don't rush up to the lights. Everybody's going to the same place. There's no need to rush," Woodley said.

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