DETROIT (WWJ) – A small water main break in northwest Detroit is causing big problems for motorists.
The situation unfolded Wednesday morning on eastbound Joy Road near Rosemont Avenue, just west of the Southfield Freeway.
As water spewed from the ground, nearly completely covering the road, crews quickly cleared storm drains of debris and used a backhoe to push chunks of ice off of the road.
Authorities were able to stop water access to the main, but not before the damage was done. The water was no match for single digit temperatures, quickly freezing on the surface of the road.
Reporting live from the scene, WWJ’s Mike Campbell said the resulting thin sheet of ice covering Joy Road is causing several vehicles to slide through the intersection as drivers break while approaching the Southfield Freeway overpass. At least three cars were involved in minor accidents, and several others were involved in spin-outs. So far, no injuries have been reported.
Crews have spread salt across the road, but it doesn’t seem to be making much of an impact. Drivers are being cautioned to avoid the area.