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Posted on Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 8:54 a.m.

Crash blocks traffic on U.S. 23 on north side of Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

A two-vehicle crash was at least partially blocking the southbound lanes of U.S. 23 on the north side of Ann Arbor Thursday morning, a dispatcher with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said.

The crash occurred near the west triple-decker intersection with M-14. It was not clear how many lanes of the freeway were blocked.

State police had responded to the crash, the dispatcher said at 8:50 a.m.

Further information was not immediately available.

An earlier crash on M-14 near Main Street had been cleared, the dispatcher said.

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Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 12:17 a.m.

How come these crash articles never have pictures of the crash? The only ones that ever have a pic are the ones fed from detroit news. How come *those* journalists can go to the scene and snap a few pics?


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 4:33 p.m.

How about just blaming the drivers who think that their lives are so important that they will do anything to get ahead of everyone else no matter what happens?


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 6:47 p.m.

OMG ARE YOU FEELING OK? This is not like you at all. You are finally comming around or what?


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 4:11 p.m.

Instead of an Emergency Manager law, Michigan needs a Merging Manager law. Drivers who wait until the last 100 yards to cross over to the the opposite lanes to exit the highway slow down abruptly to sneak in behind a vehicle in that lane and the dance begins. What is amazing to me is that the same drivers are doing this regularly and getting away with it because the damage they do occurs 1/4 to 1/2 mile behind them as the panic braking caterpillar snakes through the following traffic. I'll bet they even tell others what good, safe drivers they are and that 'speeding causes crashes. Its not just in Ann Arbor. Another zone where this same event occurs is where 275 and 96 - 696 blend. Cars entering the mainstream westbound lanes from the left and wanting to exit at the next ramp wait until the very last second to get over 2 - 3 lanes. Of course they signal and slow down suddenly and the very same dance begins. The damage they cause behind them is never in their mind. Of course they are safe drivers because they only drive 55 to 60 mph during their cell phone sessions instead of the prevailing speed. You see, when they are using their phones or eating, or having a meeting in the car, they slow down to be 'safe'. There are many other locations where this scenaroi occurs, but these are my favorites after 40 years in this state. Yes, DOT could address this with different highway merging routes, but its never going to be redone.


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 3:50 p.m.

With all the accidents on 23, MDOT needs to figure out why there are so many accidents on certain stretches of this road and address it.


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 6:45 p.m.

Justcurious, I always though you said it was always someone else's fault not the drivers by all your previous statements through the years. Mainly the Road Commission or Mdot or who is it this time?


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 4:34 p.m.

Dipstick, good assessment but I would add arrogance.


Thu, Dec 6, 2012 : 4:10 p.m.

I'm willing to go out on a limb here and save the MDOT some money .. the majority of crashed as due to the fact that people are not paying full attention to driving, are traveling too fast and are too close to the vehicle in front of them. Did I miss something?