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Posted on Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 7:53 a.m.

Semi truck crashes on slippery U.S. 23 north of Milan

By Cindy Heflin

9:38 a.m. update: All lanes are now open.

A semi driver lost control of his vehicle on slippery northbound U.S 23 north of Milan, causing it to jackknife in the median Friday morning.

Three other vehicles spun out in in the same area of the freeway, Milan Fire Chief Robert Stevens said. No one was seriously injured in any of the crashes, he said.

The truck ‘s trailer was partially overturned in the median north of Willow Road, Stevens said. One lane was blocked for about 15 minutes, but as of 7:40 a.m. all lanes were open, Stevens said. Closure of the freeway may be necessary at some point to right the truck, he said.

The crash occurred about 6:45 a.m., he said.

Several other crashes were reported on Ann Arbor-area roads and freeways as motorists coped with an overnight snowfall.

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Sat, Feb 9, 2013 : 12:13 p.m.

@Demkows, just what was stated slow down. 60 - 70 miles mph the way it was snowing and raing way to fast, not the lack of salt. lack of intelligence in this case.


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 5:38 p.m.

By the way oldtimer, i was not involved in any accident. I simply stated the current speeds of drivers passing. I was going 55mph then suddenly at plank we were all driving 25mph with hazzards on. Luckily i exited at carpentor road because it was a solid sheet of ice. Lack of intellegence, no, road commission neglect. You probably only have a highschool diploma and you work for the road commission.


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 5:25 p.m.

It has been like this for years. 2 accidents exact same area within 2 weeks....How come these accidents dont happen in monroe county on us 23? That is a 25 mile north commute and when you enter washtenaw county (starts at plank road!) vehicles cant even drive a mile before getting into a accident. Temperatures and weather conditions are the exact same. Its not people driving too fast it is simply neglecting the roads in washtenaw county.


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 5:09 p.m.

@oldtimer it wasnt snowing or freezing rain during the accident. We were in a clear sky donut hole for 2 hours. Even if you were driving 45-50 on wet pavement on 23 (like it was up until plank next county) and it chanes to ice because it was not salted or scraped an accident would still occur. Its ice not snow. Salt after monroe county north and these accidents wont happen. Funny how last week they shutdown north and south bound lanes on 23 in the exact same spot as this accident occurred....


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 2:11 p.m.

Why isn't this article listed on the first page of AA dot com? I guess there might be too many negative comments about the disastrous road conditions due to the lack of salting.


Sun, Feb 10, 2013 : 11:31 p.m.

Jrw, you should hear all the people that commute from toledo to ann arbor complain about the road conditions in washtenaw county. I hear it every time it snows. You'd think they would be scraped and salted like monroe county since the taxe rates are a lot higher. Now i know when it snows to get off at cone road and take platt. Id rather be safe.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 11:33 p.m.

John, i have been a plow/salt truck driver(private) for 10 years. You know what is salted and what is not. Its not rocket science. I have been driving to ann arbor for 2 years now around 6:35am on us 23. Monroe county salts us 23 but north at milan does not. This morning from petersburg exit 13 to plank road on us 23 was all water with rock salt soon as you get to plank road it was all ice and snow. It has been like this in the winter my whole commute. The road commission starts scraping and salting an hour before the rush hour. They should be out on the road as soon as the ice/snow hits the ground. I dont know if its the management, the lack of workers or money. When youre cruising going 65-70 on wet roads that are salted then suddenly in seconds its ice thats not the drivers fault, its the road commissions.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 2:24 p.m.

The article just reappeared on the first page. It was not there earlier.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 2:17 p.m.

Kyle, I saw nothing about the jacknifed semi earlier.


Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 2:15 p.m.

Lack of salting my rear. There is so much salt on the roads it is disgusting. How about telling drivers to SLOW DOWN. If you can not handle your truck in the conditiions, GET OFF THE ROAD

Kyle Mattson

Fri, Feb 8, 2013 : 2:14 p.m.

HI JRW- This headline has been on the homepage all morning; however, we've been featuring our live ride along coverage with the county at the top of the site so most of the discussion is going on there.