Black ice, crashes reported across Mid-Michigan - WNEM TV 5

Black ice, crashes reported across Mid-Michigan

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Accident at E. Atherton Rd. in Flint (Source: WNEM) Accident at E. Atherton Rd. in Flint (Source: WNEM)

Officials warned drivers about black ice on their Tuesday morning commute.

The National Weather Service issued special weather statements for Lapeer County, Midland County, Shiawassee County, Sanilac County, Tuscola County, Saginaw County, Bay County, Genesee County and Huron County from 7:21 a.m. to 9 a.m.

While temperatures were in the upper 30s, conditions were favorable for the formation of black ice during the morning across southeast Michigan.

There have been reports of numerous accidents throughout the region.

Drivers were urged to use caution and account for possible slippery conditions by allowing extra time Tuesday morning.

In Genesee County, central dispatch said more than 20 crashes were reported since 6 a.m.

Police shut down Dort Highway north of E. Mt. Morris Road in Genesee Township. Police also had Miller Road and S. Ballenger Highway closed in the city of Flint after a crash, where a Michigan State Police cruiser was also hit. >>See more here.<<

Part of Atherton Road in Flint was closed for several hours while Consumers Energy made repairs after a vehicle hit a pole. It happened at 9:13 a.m. at E. Atherton Road between Red Arrow and Circle Drive.

It’s unclear if there are any injuries.

In Bay County, police said an SUV left the roadway about 7:45 a.m. and hit a building at John’s Hub Cap Sales, located at 708 N. Huron. The driver told police he was heading southbound when he hit ice and started to slide. He tried to get control of the SUV, but ended up crashing into the building. 

Police said the driver will be ticketed, but there were no injuries.

The building was heavily damaged in the front. 

In Saginaw County, a crash just after 7:45 a.m. closed all lanes of Tittabawassee Road between Center and Mackinaw. The road reopened just before 9 a.m. Injuries are unknown. 

The ride home from work Tuesday morning was a little dicey for Roy Garner.

"I thought I was gonna get in an accident. And as I slid, there was already cars in the ditch on both sides of me. So I thought that's where I was going," Garner said.

He said luck was on his side when he hit that ice patch.

"At first I hit the brakes and that's when I started sliding. Then I just let off the brakes, I was able to coast down the hill and I was able to get control of my car again," Garner said.

He said even if the roads look good in winter temperatures, it's better to play it safe.

"Just don't go so fast and make sure you always leave early," he said.

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