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Posted on Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 8:01 a.m.

3 crashes reported near U.S. 23 and I-94 on south side of Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

Police were dealing with three crashes in the area of U.S. 23 and Interstate 94 on the south side of Ann Arbor Friday morning.

A three-car crash was reported on southbound U.S. 23 near Ellsworth Road, a dispatcher with the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said. It was not reported to be blocking the freeway.

Two crashes were also reported on I-94 near U.S. 23. One, involving two vehicles, was in the westbound lanes. The other, in the eastbound lanes, was believed to have involved one vehicle that struck a concrete barrier.

Police were at the scene of the U.S. 23 crash and the crash in the westbound lanes of I-94, a dispatcher said at 8:30 a.m. Police had not yet reached the crash in the eastbound lanes of the freeway.

No further information was immediately available.

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Ann English

Sun, Dec 9, 2012 : 1:27 a.m.

From where the pins are placed, they give the impression that someone may have missed his or her exit, or in the case with westbound I-94, someone did NOT want to exit north on US-23 and was running out of time to get out of the exit lane. I can imagine someone on eastbound I-94 hitting a concrete barrier if a big, wide vehicle was coming off southbound US-23 onto eastbound I-94, and the first driver tried to give the big vehicle sufficient room to exit so that the person already on I-94 didn't get side-swiped. Whether someone's merging with you from a simple or clover-leaf ramp, you want to keep clear of his or her vehicle.


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 3:23 p.m.

I also tried to teach my children defensive driving when they were learning. Lesson #1: always assume the other driver will do whatever it is he/she should NOT do.


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 7:15 p.m.

Then have a laugh at it when they get pulled over if it is not worse then that. Good luck. I am teaching mine and still the yo yo's will get you every time.


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 1:44 p.m.

There does seem to be just way too many crashes occurring as of late. However, it does not surprise me for on my drive to and from work on Jackson Rd. frequently, I have to slam on my brakes because drivers just pull right out in front of me on the turn abouts. It's like they don't even look to see in anyone is coming. Folks need to be paying attention (full attention) to their driving and be aware of drivers around them. Many years ago, my driving instructor taught us defensive driving (which means be aware of your surroundings at all time) - I truly am thankful for his lessons.


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 3:24 p.m.

Agreed. And don't forget all the people who turn right on a red out of Meijer onto Jackson Road, when there is a clearly lit sign stating, "NO TURN ON RED". What part of "NO" do these people not understand?


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 4:29 p.m.

and the beat goes on......


Sat, Dec 8, 2012 : 7:14 p.m.

And it is Friday and everyone is trying to get home. Same thing every day of the week. Wait until the Friday before Xmas. Glad I won't be on the roads after that.


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 4:29 p.m.

not to mention the four car accident at southbound 23 and Barton this morning.


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 3:53 p.m.

23 and ellsworth????????


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 4:41 p.m.

Ellsworth goes over top of 23 north of 94.


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 2:08 p.m.

There's quite a bit of science behind these crashes. The phenomenon is called a "wave-front" surge. Its initiated by a vehicle slowing down unexpectedly in a lane of vehicles traveling at a higher speed. The caterpillar effect cause surges which ultimately exceeds the crashees abilities. The driver who caused it gets away unscathed. It's not speeding drivers, but slowing drivers. Speeding drivers extend the distance between vehicles. Slow drivers compress the distance between vehicles. Interviews reveal that drivers most insistant that speed causes wave-front crashes are actually more likely to be the slowing drivers. This is not inattentive driving or distracted driving. Its the same thing that goes on in your sewer when you flush a diaper through a toilet. It moves, but the following traffic has a problem. So now I would expect commenters to question what is wrong with flushing a diaper....


Fri, Dec 7, 2012 : 1:54 p.m. I have suggested before you should do a piece about accidents on the area freeways.I gonna guess that it must average ( or real close ) to one a day.I think it would be interesting and get a butt load of comments.I'm sure you have at least one computer whiz ( aka nerd ) who could do it w/o ever leaving their chair.Just a thought/suggestion