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Driver loses control on icy patch of I-94 in Battle Creek, MSP warns about stretch of road

A driver hit an icy patch of road on I-94 in Battle Creek early Friday, and lost control and crashed into a ditch. (WWMT/Franque Thompson)

The brutal winter weather returned with a vengeance to Battle Creek early Friday morning, causing one driver to fly off the highway while on the job.

Michigan State Police said around 7:40 a.m., a man was headed west on Interstate 94 in the right lane near Nichols Road, when a car in the left lane started to "wobble." The driver tried to avoid a crash by swerving, but over-corrected and hit a patch of ice, sending him sliding down a hill.

As the car was sliding down the hill, troopers said the car bounded off a few trees and the back end ripped off. The driver was not hurt.

The driver told Newschannel 3 he does not own the truck. He was working for a used car dealership at the time, and was taking the truck to auction it off Friday. The driver said his boss was in another truck right behind him at the time, and also dealt with the same patch of icy road.

State police said MDOT was called to treat that stretch of road, and advised drivers to use extreme caution as the wet roads turn icy from the flash freeze Friday morning.

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