Light Snow Causes Big Accidents

Posted at 10:49 AM, Dec 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-19 10:49:20-05

Slippery roads meant dozens of accidents Friday afternoon, including a 15-car accident on I-96 Eastbound near Okemos.

Drivers say it was slow-going almost everywhere.

"The roads are horrible. I have been on the road for the past two hours, if you are going east bound down I-96, change your mind, cause you are not going anywhere," Adena Bourdeau, who works in Lansing but lives in Fowlerville, said.

A traveler from out of town headed to Milford says he hit almost stopped traffic on his way East. "When we were going down 69 it was backed up as far as you could see," Bill Burns said of his attempted detour.

Crews have been out salting the roads, so they're in better condition now. Bourdeau says the quick change in weather might have been the problem. "It was very sudden. Last week it was in the 60s, now it's freezing, so it's quite a shock, probably a big shock for people trying to drive, so that's why there's been a lot of accidents," she said.

Snow started coming down shortly before rush hour. Ingham County officers sent out a note warning all drivers to stay off the roads.

"It's terrible. On my way home I saw about four cars slid of the ditch, there's a big accident that caused a significant slow down, even stop and go traffic for quite a while," Nicholas Jones said. 

The drivers who had to hit the road say they took some precautions to stay safe. 

"No texting, I turn the radio off, no phone calls, just pay attention and focus on the road," Bourdeau said.

"Just have patience you see, it doesn't bother me, just want everybody to be careful and have patience, we'll get there sooner or later," Burns said.

The City of Lansing sent out a message urging people to drive with caution.