Winter weather causes several crashes on West Michigan highways

Winter weather causes several crashes on West Michigan highways. (WWMT/Mike Krafcik)

The weather caused havoc for some drivers in West Michigan as treacherous road conditions caught many drivers off-guard Friday.

Blowing snow, combined with ice and slush, caused several crashes on area interstates.

"The roads are pretty slippery. I wasn't expecting it to be this snowy," said Lisa Miller of Kalamazoo.

Van Buren dispatchers reported six calls for slide-offs and crashes Friday as of 4 p.m.

"There's a lot of snow on the roads, there's a lot of slush on the roads. You're sliding around, it's hard to see where the lines are on the road," Miller said.

One of the calls in Van Buren County involved a semitrailer that jackknifed on Interstate 94 eastbound around exit 66 near Mattawan.

In Kalamazoo County, traffic was backed up for miles after a flatbed truck carrying construction supplies lost control on I-94 east near Galesburg.

On Friday at 10:30 a.m., Michigan State Police said a semitrailer traveling too fast for conditions, jackknifed and caused a second semitrailer to crash on U.S. Route 131 near exit 49.

"It lost control then jackknifed and struck the barriers. The second vehicle in the accident, I'm assuming saw the first one and then tensed up, jackknifed. then he struck the barrier as well," said Michigan State Police Trooper Jason Newcomb.

Police are reminding drivers to take responsibility on the roadways.

"Per the law, you have to control your vehicle in any conditions and if you're operating too fast, this is what happens," Newcomb said.

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