Mid-Michigan Sees Dozens of Accidents on Christmas Eve

By: Anthony Sabella Email
By: Anthony Sabella Email

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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  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 27, 2012 at 12:42 PM
    Drivers training should include a winter module that includes: leaving early not at the last minute, paying attention to weather before driving and leaving yourself plenty of time (arrive early) and leave the cell phones alone when driving conditions dictate. This is not a once a year problem as it is a problem everytime it snows.
  • by Angie Location: Lansing on Dec 27, 2012 at 06:20 AM
    Sometimes it doesn't matter how careful you are. That jerk who blows past you because they think their 4 wheel drive mega-tire overcompensationmobile is invincible causes turbulence that makes many cars slide. I've seen it alot. Police should be ticketing these folks with double the fine.
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 26, 2012 at 01:32 PM
    I would advocate that in state that see regular snow storms, drivers education should be a little different. Much like student drivers have to drive 10 hours at night as part of the qualification to move on from a learner permit, student drivers should also have to do 15-20hrs. in winter conditions. Not sure this would change much though. As mentioned by others, tailgating and distracted (cell phones) driving probably have just as much to do with it.
  • by Name Location: Location on Dec 26, 2012 at 05:20 AM
    Every single winter it's the same story. Do you people not know how to drive in the snow? Do you get into accidents year after year? You live in Michigan!
  • by George Location: Lansing on Dec 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM
    Ingham county is much better at sending out nixle alerts to say something bad's happened then they are at tending to their roads.
  • by Patrick Location: Lansing on Dec 24, 2012 at 09:30 PM
    Perhaps this article should speak of the dangers of tailgating in this type of weather.
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