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Posted on Mon, Nov 26, 2012 : 7:38 p.m.

Crash involving semi, pickup closes U.S. 23 at Michigan Avenue

By Julie Baker

Update: The highway was reopened at about 2 a.m. Tuesday.

Editor's note: The sheriff's office now says northbound U.S. 23 is shut down, not southbound.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is advising motorists to avoid the area of northbound U.S. 23 and Michigan Avenue for the next two hours because of a crash.

A county dispatcher said the first call for the crash, which involved a semi-truck and a pickup, came in around 7 p.m. Northbound U.S. 23 was closed. The crash occurred south of Michigan Avenue.

It was not immediately clear what caused the crash or whether there were any injuries.

A Nixle alert from the county said the Michigan State Police were on scene.

Reports indicated traffic was backed up extensively.

Update 8:57 p.m.: Joyce Williams of Huron Valley Ambulance said a patient in stable condition was transported to the University of Michigan Hospital. An unstable patient was transported to St. Joseph Mercy Ann Arbor.

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Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 4:33 a.m.

I drove by 2nd accident and don't see how anwhicyone could have survived in the car which was crushed under a semi. Our prayers are with thbe occupants.

soggy waffle

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 3:49 a.m.

another, possibly more serious accident occurred due to the backup with traffic at the Willis exit. car hit the back of a stopped semi. time was about 9:45


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 4:46 a.m.

Yes, I just got off at Willis Rd at about 10:30, it was about the worst accident I have ever seen, they had NB closed right there at the ramp where it happened.


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 2:18 a.m.

The location of the accident is NB US23, just south of the off-ramp to Michigan (exit 34).


Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 1:05 a.m.

FYI Nixle now says it is NB23, not SB.

Julie Baker

Tue, Nov 27, 2012 : 1:08 a.m.

Indeed, we've updated this. Here's the link to the new alert: