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Posted on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 2:31 p.m.

Tigers player Brandon Inge involved in 6-vehicle crash west of Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin


A photo at the scene of the crash this morning, taken by an reader.

Photo courtesy of Dan Thomas

Icy roads made for a bad start to the day for Tigers third baseman Brandon Inge this morning. He was involved in a six-vehicle crash this morning when he was unable to stop his pickup on icy roads at an intersection west of Ann Arbor this morning.

Fortunately no one was hurt in the accident, which occurred about 7:30 a.m., but all six vehicles had to be towed from the crash scene, Washtenaw County sheriff’s department spokesman Derrick Jackson said. No citations were issued.

Inge, 34, of Lodi Township, was headed south on Parker Road at Scio Church Road in Freedom Township when the pickup he was driving hit a patch of ice and slid through the intersection, striking an eastbound Ford Focus, driven by a 51-year-old woman from Ann Arbor.


Brandon Inge

The truck kept sliding through the intersection and hit three northbound vehicles on Parker Road stopped at a stop sign, Jackson said. One of those three vehicles was pushed into a fourth one.

The truck then slid off the west side of the road, Jackson said. The intersection was closed for a short time, Jackson said.



Fri, Dec 9, 2011 : 4:29 a.m.

Thank God no one was hurt. It was a lesson learned for all involved, including those of us that read the article. Everyone please take your time and be xtra careful. God Bless You All!


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 9:33 p.m.

Who's the Victim here?

tom swift jr.

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 6:41 p.m.

Remember the old days, when you could read the newspaper and then go down to the barbershop in the next day or two? If you were lucky, only one or two other people were able to listen to you and figure out you were a bit of an idiot. Now, we can rush right into this comment section and prove it to thousands of people in mere minutes!

Christine Moellering

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 3:29 p.m.

Glad he wasn't hurt, he's one of my favorite Tigers! We appreciate that he lives in the area and seems like a super nice guy!


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 1:26 p.m.

Washtenaw county has the worst ability to clear the roads of ice and snow for decades. If they added this to the list of what makes cities desirable places to live, Ann Arbor's ranking would drop like lead. Somebody do something about these roads!!


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 2:04 a.m.

I'm really surprised he hit that many cars. Inge usually has trouble hitting anything.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 11:50 a.m.

Best comment of the day. Thank you.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 1:29 a.m.

Damn. That's a brand new truck.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 1:12 a.m.

Is deleting questions about why he was not ticketed for not having his vehicle under control under the conditions? If so, why? I was ticketed for that and didn't even hit 5 other vehicles. I too slipped on icy roads.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 1:05 a.m.

I travel this road frequently and this four way stop is dangerous. To the Washtenaw County Sheriff office...please watch this four way. Drivers do not yield and drive right through the stop signs.

Kara Marie

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 12:30 a.m.

That's crazy, one of my friends just saw him in an Ann Arbor Game Stop. Glad hes okay and everyone else is also.

Larry Langly

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 12:09 a.m.

Wondering why my previous comment was deleted. I was at the accident and know the story first hand and shared the true story without being accusatory or bad mouthing but question why the truth isn't being reported in this story? Shouldn't newspapers be interested in reporting and investigating the truth? Are we moderated so much here we can not even have discussions questioning things? if you don't believe me, maybe you should gather the info of the other 5 cars involved and interview them all.

D. A. Reid

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 3:01 a.m.

My comment was deleted also. All I ask is that he does right by the other drivers. It is the Christmas season. I'm sure they need their vehicles.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 12:36 a.m.

What is the truth?


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 10:14 p.m.

I hope he was handing out autographs.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:48 p.m.

I hope everyone is okay. For those of you making disparaging comments about Inge, you obviously don't know him. He's a kind, down-to-earth guy who has done a great many things the community and particularly for disadvantaged and ill kids.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 9:20 p.m.

That's all well known and good...BUT, if he didn't have his vehicle under control during the conditions and ended up hitting a woman who had the right of way in the intersection and then 3 other cars, perhaps he should have been ticketed despite his celebrity and kindness.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:43 p.m.

Brandon Inge didn't realize that Washtenaw County and the city of AA don't do any salting and plowing in the winter. Other counties manage to keep their roads clear, but not Washtenaw County.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 9:26 p.m.

Sallyxyz, he has lived in this county long enough to know how well the road commission does on cleaning the roads. I think they should concentrate more on the freeways around Ann Arbor. You can often tell when you hit the Washtenaw County line by the lack of plowing and salting. But the weird thing is, I think that my two lane road gets TOO much attention. They are constantly running up and down it even when it's not really necessary. I figure a member of the Road Commission must live on it.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 12:37 a.m.

I hope you're not one of the many who keep yelling about the waste of our tax money on public service work. lol


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 11:27 p.m.

WRONG AGAIN! The city not so much. But the county yes. During a typical year, the Road Commission will respond to approximately 50 winter maintenance callouts, and will use about 15,000 to 25,000 tons of salt, and 5,000 to 10,000 tons of sand. (For example, in 2010/2011, the Road Commission responded for winter maintenance on 53 occasions, used 18,178 tons of salt, and 5,817 tons of sand.) A. Winter maintenance operations will be conducted based on a priority system established on the County and State Trunkline roads. The priorities primarily have been established based on traffic volumes. Priority 1 – State Trunklines Priority 2 – High volume hard surface roads Priority 3 – Medium volume hard surface roads Priority 4 – Subdivision Streets Priority 5 – Gravel Roads B. The scheduling of overtime depends on a variety of factors including: road conditions, weather forecasts, nature of the storm, time of storm, etc. The following general guidelines will prevail: Priority 1, 2 and 3 Routes – Overtime may only be authorized by the Superintendent of Maintenance or his designee as necessary. Priority 4 and 5 Routes – Overtime may only be authorized by the Managing Director or his designee after a four (4) inch accumulation of snow, an ice storm, or blowing and drifting snow which interferes with the flow of vehicular traffic. Shop – Overtime may be authorized by the Director of Operations as necessary to keep equipment in good working condition.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:35 p.m.

That is one of our favorite intersections. When we would drive from Temecula to Davison, we would pass through that intersection and (in spring) listen to the frogs and other creatures make their noise. We got so used to doing that - we would wind down our windows even in the coldest winters and listen. Now that we live in Southern CA - we don't get to drive through there, but our 3 20- something year old kids still do. I am glad that nobody got hurt at that intersection - because it would have turned it into an intersection with great memories to one that is not as memoriable (in the good sense). As for the person complaining about the jokes where someone could have gotten killed -- well nobody got killed -- so those are the situations you CAN joke about. Don't take all the fun out of life please!


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 9:29 p.m.

Rod, I was thinking the same thing. Strange. Also, there are bad memories already at that intersection - of the family of swans that were run over. Only one cygnet survived that one.

Rod Johnson

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 2:45 a.m.

You would drive from Temecula, California to Davison, Michigan via Scio Church Road often enough to take note of that intersection? Is there some other Temecula?


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:33 p.m.

Extremely thankful no one was hurt. I drove/slid through the intersection this morning 10 minutes or so after the accident occurred. It was pure ice. It was a mess to say the very least.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:28 p.m.

Where were the salt trucks? Nonexistent as usual.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 2:22 p.m.

Since I do not listen to weather reports, seeing the salt trucks out early was my notification that snow must be coming. But what were you doing jcj? Where *were* you going? ?


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 1:18 a.m.

I heard an officer call dispatch for 5 wreckers and a salt truck on the scanner shortly after it happened.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 11:05 p.m.

WRONG!! I passed through the intersection while they were towing the vehicles. I was following a salt truck. There were icy spots this morning especially out Scio Church.Anyone interested in what I was doing?


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:24 p.m.

If he were One of Us here at he'd drive a hybrid.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:14 p.m.

He was involved in a six-vehicle crash this morning when he was unable to stop his pickup on icy roads at an intersection west of Ann Arbor this morning. KJM- Did you notice the double use of "this morning". Actually a pretty poor sentence.

Billy Bob Schwartz

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 12:28 a.m.

Probably thought some of us needed a repeat.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:08 p.m.

Inge would be even more an egotist than he already is if he takes any time to read online comments about himself on an article about he wrecked his truck.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:45 p.m.

Apt name. You are a goofus.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:41 p.m.

Really ? Apparently YOU read the paper so why can't he? I suppose if You had a accident and it was in the paper YOU wouldn't read comments would you ?


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:32 p.m.

Goofus, We get're not a fan of the guy. It doesn't mean that you have to insult him and minimize the the impact of his community and charity work. I doubt that you'd be very pleased if people made insulting comments about you after you had been involved in an accident. Grow up.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:04 p.m.

He's been good at brushing off bad press throughout his career...I'm sure that he'll be able to ignore some of the dumb comments being posted. Glad that you & the others are okay, Brandon. I'm looking forward to a big turnaround year for you next season!


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:02 p.m.

We are grateful for the fact that nobody was hurt! On a side note- Brandon, we appreciate all that you do for the sick kids in this community. I do follow those stories and we are happy you are part of our community. I have respect for professional athletes that give back. Hopefully, you will read this.

Buster W.

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:09 p.m.

Completely agree! I grew up in Dexter and now live in Saline. I'm glad he's part of both communities.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:07 p.m.

Whydon't you take the time out to write him an actual letter and send it to the Tigers? Rather than cross your fingers and hope he stumbles across your online praise buried several comments down on an article about how he wrecked his truck?


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:01 p.m.

Are the swans ok????


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:32 p.m.

"He was involved in a six-vehicle crash this morning when he was unable to stop his pickup on icy roads at an intersection west of Ann Arbor this morning." Now *that's* how a crash sentence should read. None of this "a driver wasn't injured when a pickup truck went out of control on icy roads" stuff. Hope everyone was OK, and his insurance ends up paying for everyone else's expenses (after the no-fault nonsense takes care of the initial expenses.)

Fat Bill

Fri, Dec 23, 2011 : 11:46 p.m.

Got a news fault insurance means he owes deductible or $500, whichever is less, to the other vehicles his vehicle struck, as they were presumably all at the intersection as opposed to legally parked and unoccupied. THAT is how no-fault works!


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:33 p.m.

Insurance? He could afford to buy them all new cars himself. He pulls in over $6mill a year.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:30 p.m.

This is no Ndamakong Suh situation for sure. Brandon Inge is a pretty normal (and nice) guy who happens to be a baseball player and choses to live here in the off-season too because he likes it for him and his family. I hate to see presumption of idiotic driving here.

average joe

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 9:53 p.m.

I too wish that more there were more pro athletes like Inge around for our youth to look up to. But, his on field behavior aside, from what I understand, N-Suh's accident was on icy streets as well.

Jim Wilson

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:11 p.m.

he lives 15 miles east of there. Question of the day what was he doing there at 730 in the morning?

Billy Bob Schwartz

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 12:20 a.m.

Minding his own business?

Jim Wilson

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:55 p.m.

wow just messin around i wish to retract my statement sorry everyone.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:26 p.m.

Dumbest question of the year!


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:23 p.m.

Why is that the question of the day? What difference does it make? Where we you at 7:30 this morning. Right, none of my business. Just like it's not our business where he was and what time.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:23 p.m.

He's a pretty normal guy AFAIK, who has his whole family here and having a normal life during the off-season. I can say with certainty that he drives his kids to school, at least he did last year.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:21 p.m.

He was doing whatever he wants. The guy is not under house arrest for crying out loud.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:21 p.m.

It's not our business!

Buster W.

Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:19 p.m.

He was actually closer to 5 miles from home. He moved from Dexter a couple years ago.


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 8:18 p.m.

Dropping the kids off at school?


Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 7:52 p.m.

Ice knows no name. Drive slow.