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Tricky Driving: Little Snow, Lots Of Accidents

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TROY (WWJ) – The northern and western suburbs saw some of metro Detroit’s heaviest amounts of snow.

WWJ’s Vickie Thomas discovered the drive was pretty smooth on I-696 heading towards I-75. There was wet pavement, of course, and one of the SMART freeway signs aptly said “Reduce Speed on Wet Pavement.” Some folks were doing just that. Others were not; they were tooling along at posted speeds.

Things were not going as smoothly elsewhere. It was a really rough ride for some motorists on northbound I-75 at Big Beaver, where there was a four-car pile-up with vehicles sitting on both the left and ride sides of the freeway and traffic gets by at one point in the left lane. A tow truck and Troy police were on the scene.

Thomas advises topping off your windshield washer fluid because some drivers are using a lot of it this morning.

There were multiple accidents on I-94 near Michigan Avenue. Also, on the northbound Lodge at Davison, a WWJ Newsradio 950 listener called to report a 15-car pileup. Police officials telling WWJ several emergency vehicles were sent to the scene.

Update at 6:50 a.m. from Sterling Heights police: there’s a minor injury accident at M-53 near 18 Mile Road. Tow trucks were on the scene.

Michigan State Police dispatchers telling WWJ that they are receiving “a ton of calls” about accidents on area freeways. Police are telling drivers to slow down. The roads are icy, especially on bridges and overpasses.

Michigan State Police in Lansing say they are getting a number of calls about spinout and fender bender-type accidents as a result of the snow. The Lansing area had 8 to 9 inches of snow overnight.

Click here for up-to-date traffic conditions.

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