Mid-Michigan Sees Dozens of Accidents on Christmas Eve

As the snow accumulated on highways, Monday, it became more and more common to see Christmas Eve travelers stranded on the side of the road.

Kiel Latimer, of Harper Woods, was heading home from Mount Pleasant when he hit the storm on U.S. 127.

"The roads were pretty rough," said Latimer. "Around St. Johns, it really started getting bad and people were slowing down. I hit the breaks and slid at a couple points."

After sliding, just north of Grand River Ave., he clipped another car and became one of several cars stranded along the same stretch of highway. Although Latimer was okay, he couldn't be certain about the cars on the other side of the road, who would being tended to by an ambulance.

"Everyone seemed okay that I was able to talk to, but a lot of people on the other side of the road seemed like they had something more serious happen," said Latimer.

U.S. 127 wasn't the only tough highway to drive on. Dozens of accidents along I-69 overwhelmed 911 dispatchers in Eaton County.

To clean up the roads as quickly as possible, the Jackson County Road Commission got their salt trucks out right around 3 p.m. Ingham County followed suit a couple of hours later.

Some drivers weren't taking chances.

"You gotta tap your breaks and make sure you know how the conditions are," said Keith Hines of East Lansing. "Don't drive any faster than the conditions will allow."

...Or you could end up stranded.

"I'm not sure how I'm going to get from Point A to Point B," said Latimer, who waited for a tow truck. "I'm smack dab in the middle, so we'll see."


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