Icy roads cause crashes in Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties

    Icy roads cause crashes in Van Buren and Kalamazoo Counties. (WWMT/Clayton Springer)

    Towing companies kept busy Tuesday night, hauling away cars damaged in crashes on icy roads.

    Earlier in the evening, crews hauled semis, SUVs and small cars from ditches on Interstate 94 between Kalamazoo and Paw Paw.

    At one point, Van Buren County first responders were dealing with up to 15 crashes on the highway and side roads all at the same time. Some drivers made an effort to slow down.

    "There was just a couple of people that passed me and I was going about 50," said Scott Buchanan.

    Brandon Scott, a truck driver who just moved to Wisconsin, said he's delivering a load to Michigan and made his way through Indiana.

    "Going to Michigan, the minute I came in, got around the toll roads on I-80, everybody was starting to slide around. Cars were wrecking and a couple trucks too," Scott said.

    Scott said he had been in the business for 10 years and said he doesn't feel nervous when the weather goes awry.

    "Adjust your speed and if you get to the point where it seems unsafe, just find the closest safe haven and get off the road," he said.

    The roads could continue to be an issue Tuesday evening as rain fell on top of ice already covering the roads.

    Police said the best thing you can do is take it slow and four-wheel drive doesn't do anything on ice.

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