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Posted on Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 11:17 a.m.

Black ice causing vehicle crashes on roadways around Washtenaw County

By Jen Eyer

Update at 12:45 p.m.: Current problem areas include eastbound and westbound I-94 near Parker Road; westbound I-94 near Jackson Road; and

Local drivers beware: Black ice has caused several crashes on I-94, M-14 and US-23 in Washtenaw County on Saturday morning.

The accidents include multiple rollovers, but no major injuries have occurred, according to the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department.

The problems are continuing, as snow falls around Ann Arbor and temperatures hover just below freezing.

Dispatcher Christopher Murchison said salt trucks are out, but the roadways are still treacherous. The biggest problem areas are:

  • I-94 west near Jackson Road
  • I-94 west near M-52
  • I-94 east and west near US-23
  • US-23 between Washtenaw Avenue and Geddes Road is continuing to monitor the situation and will update this story. See a full-size version of the map.




Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 10:06 p.m.

How come it's always black ice now. It used to be rare. But in the last few years there seems to be an epidemic of black ice. Maybe it's just poor road maintenance by someone.


Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 5:24 p.m.

Ever notice that everybody driving slower than you is an idiot and everybody driving faster is a maniac?


Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 6:39 p.m.

I couldn't remember who said it, but it stuck with me and makes me laugh anytime I start feeling road-ragey.


Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 5:54 p.m.

George Carlin. Give credit where credit is due: <a href="" rel='nofollow'></a>


Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 5:27 p.m.

That's always been my feeling. :)

Usual Suspect

Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 5:22 p.m.

Wrong again. Like rain, ice does not &quot;cause&quot; accidents.


Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 5:17 p.m.

Oh so you mean I have to slow down when it snows? Who knew

Tex Treeder

Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 4:38 p.m.

Other than black ice, what contributed to these accidents?

5c0++ H4d13y

Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 5:45 p.m.

It's always easy and obvious to see black ice from behind your computer reading


Sat, Dec 17, 2011 : 5:22 p.m.