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Posted on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 7:29 a.m.

Multi-vehicle crash shuts southbound U.S. 23 north of Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

A multi-vehicle crash shut down southbound U.S. 23 near Whitmore Lake Monday morning.

The crash occurred about 6:50 a.m. on southbound 23 just north of Six Mile Road and involved three to four vehicles, a dispatcher with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said.

State Police were on the scene, the dispatcher said at 7:20 a.m.

A Google traffic map showed a miles-long backup extending north from the crash location.

No further information was immediately available.

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Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 10:23 p.m.

Could we get an update on this accident? From what I saw, it looked like a serious injury accident. Just wondering if everyone involved was OK?


Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 8:57 p.m.

Because the lake is so close to the road there, lots of water vapor is in the air. In late fall this can produce a lot fog (like to day) but even scarier is the frequency of black ice on that area of road when temps are around freezing. a good time for all drivers to be thinking about being extra careful on this stretch of highway.


Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 6:34 p.m.

While I think everyone would agree more lanes are needed.Until that happens I have a novel idea. How about everyone that commutes on this stretch leaves home in enough time to drive the speed limit and still not be late to work or home!


Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 4:50 p.m.

For the better part of two decades, Livingston County has been the fastest growing county in the entire state. A significant percentage of the working population of LivCo are commuters who work either east or south of the county. Despite all of this, US-23 has remained virtually unchanged since its construction. Now that's some good planning!!


Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 4:03 p.m.

Time to have that daily tally on the front page.


Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 3:27 p.m.

@WalkingJoe: I didn't say I was inconvenienced--just reporting the facts. I was also taking my kids to school. Maybe you should go back to bed, get up and start over.


Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 3:40 p.m.

My apologies Jeanette, I guess I get so used to all the complaints posted here that I read yours wrong. Again I'm sorry.

John Gotts

Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 3:26 p.m.

The stretch of US-23 north of Ann Arbor to Brighton is extremely dangerous because the road has insufficient carrying capacity for its demand. They've recently done construction work on the roadway but what really needs to happen is to expand the road to either 6 or 8 lanes. The other solution would be affordable housing in Ann Arbor. Traffic entering and leaving Ann Arbor is so heavy because workers can't afford to live here.


Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 1:56 p.m.

I live in Whitmore Lake--this is a very common occurrence at this stretch of roadway. I managed to make it to work, but had to go 7 Mile Road to Pontiac Trail to get into Ann Arbor. The backup through Whitmore Lake Main Street was bumper to bumper for miles extending Northbound, compounded by the fact of school buses and people trying to get their kids to school.


Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 3:18 p.m.

Guess those unthinking parents should have kept their kids home so you wouldn't have been inconvenienced.


Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 1:24 p.m. should look into how many accidents happen in this area in the morning( it's more news when there is not a accident.)I don't think it would take much effort ( I would imagine they could do it just by searching their web site history ) I think it would make a interesting piece . Now I'm not taking a shot at but lets face it they do cover some pretty non real news boring things.Just a thought


Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 6:30 p.m.

Thanks Cindy!

Cindy Heflin

Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 5:24 p.m.

Yes, it would be interesting to look at the number of crashes on the freeway. We'll see what statistics we can turn up from area law enforcement agencies.


Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 2:05 p.m.

I agree! It would be interesting to know how many days of the year there is an accident on area freeways during rush hours. This might be more helpful than countless articles about - fill in the blank. How about it Cindy?

Guinea Pig in a Tophat

Mon, Dec 3, 2012 : 12:49 p.m.

Saw lots of fire trucks and ambulances on the scene with one car near the median with its hood smashed up. There was a semi with its flashers on too. Hope everyone is okay.