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Posted on Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 8:44 a.m.

Westbound M-14 opened after multi-vehicle collisions Friday morning

By Staff

Westbound M-14 near Vorhies Road has opened after police and tow trucks responded to two multiple-vehicle wrecks that happened at about 8:30 a.m. Friday.

Police first responded to reports of a six-car collision, but Michigan State Police Sgt. Mark Thompson said it was confirmed the crash only involved three vehicles.

Thompson said one driver had slowed down for congested traffic and was hit from behind by another vehicle, which pushed the car into the vehicle in front of it.

Additional responders were called for a two-car crash that occurred shortly after. Thompson said the two-car crash involved a driver that slowed down while passing the three-car collision and was also hit from behind by a vehicle.

One injury was reported from the three-car collision and the person was transported to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Details about the condition of the injured driver was not available, but Thompson said it is non-life threatening. No injuries reported from second crash.

This story will be updated.

The location was between Dixboro Road and the Ford Road exit.

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Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 6:29 p.m.

Might be time to install cameras on a few overpasses and ticket those caught on camera going more than 80. The cameras could be moved periodically so drivers would never know where they were at any given time.


Sat, Apr 7, 2012 : 1:14 p.m.

"you make the assumption that a high-speed driver caused this accident" The article stated... Thompson said one driver had slowed down for congested traffic and was hit from behind by another vehicle. In my book if someone SLOWS DOWN and is hit from behind the person doing the hitting was driving TOO fast to stop! The most dangerous drivers I see are the ones driving 85 weaving in and out cutting people off changing lanes! Distracted driver would be a close 2nd.


Sat, Apr 7, 2012 : 6:31 a.m.

And it might be time to install cameras that surveil neighborhoods to prevent break-ins. Wouldn't it be nice to use such technology to prevent and solve crime rather than to generate revenue? I think you're priorities are a little askew here; you make the assumption that a high-speed driver caused this accident. The most dangerous drivers that I see are drifting along under the speed limit playing with their phones rather than focused on their driving. As for someone's idea of an IQ test: I'm all for it. If you can't make 120 or better, you get a state ID and a bus pass. Stupid Kills.


Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 5:12 p.m.

Perhaps its time to raise the speed limit on the Ann Arbor Autobahn to the "suggested" speed limit for its counterpart in Germany. (80 mph) After reading the summary, it appears that slow moving vehicles were to blame for the mishaps. Not safe say some of you? Consider the rationale reported earlier this week in the 04/02/2012 post on speed limit increases in the Ypsilanti area: "Lt. Gary Megge of the MSP Traffic Services Section said the idea of raising speeds to increase safety is counterintuitive (sic) because people consider faster-moving vehicles to be less safe. "Megge said most motorists will typically drive above a posted speed if that speed limit is too low. Still other motorists will drive the speed limit, so the disparity in motorists' speeds creates an unsafe situation because it increases quick lane changes, tailgating and other dangerous driving behaviors. "'When you have traffic traveling at nearly identical speeds, you improve overall traffic flow and efficiency,' he said. 'Once we establish a proper speed limit, police officers can focus on the more egregious violator.'" [ed. note: a/k/a rolling cash register: ka-ching] Or, I suppose, that at 8:30 in the morning, we could anticipate congestion, backups and the like, and adjust our driving behavior to enable responses to both actual and anticipated conditions.


Sat, Apr 7, 2012 : 6:24 a.m.

Amen. Lower speed limits than the 85-percentile are the problem, not the answer.


Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 3:57 p.m.

That stretch is going to get ugly this summer with the construction from dominos to gotfredson.


Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 2:25 p.m.

It would be interesting to see where that stretch ranks as the number of smash ups


Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 2:14 p.m.

Well said Johnson48racing! Too many imbeciles are given drivers licenses without an IQ test.


Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 9:16 p.m.

So true, jcj! And today there seemed to be more imbeciles out there than usual! They're not going to get anywhere sooner if they cause a crash, but will they ever learn?


Fri, Apr 6, 2012 : 1:52 p.m.

So who are we blaming for all these accidents that happened this week people? Usually the road commission seems like, or is that only in the winter? People driving too fast, not paying attention?