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Posted on Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 8:12 a.m.

Three-car crash backs up traffic on M-14 near Ann Arbor

By Cindy Heflin

A three-car crash was tying up traffic on M-14 east of Ann Arbor Tuesday morning.

The crash occurred on westbound M-14 just west of Ford Road, in the same area where a two-car crash snarled traffic Monday morning.

The three vehicles were on the shoulder and not blocking traffic, a dispatcher with the Washtenaw County sheriff’s department said. A Google traffic map showed a significant traffic backup in the area.

State police were on the scene at 8:10 a.m., the dispatcher said. No further information was immediately available.


Traffic slowdowns are shown in black, red and yellow on the map.



Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 6:28 p.m.

I know this isn't the topic here- but "what" is all of that construction about on M 14? Certainly it's not to make wider (luxury) shoulders? Is there a bigger project ahead? I guess this relates to this story in that when they first started I was hoping for a new left lane to be built along that stretch for cars exiting to go southbound on US 23. Now with the barricades- it makes a dangerous stretch even more tricky, with nowhere to go upon someone's quick stop. People drive in such a tailgating, (brake, speed up, brake, speed up) manner on the left lane (westbound on M 14 west of Gotfredson.)


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 5:13 p.m.

The editors must not have liked my comment about texting and driving! Perhaps it hit too close to home! I do not know how the accident this morning happened except to say this. IF somebody ran into the back of somebody, then somebody was not paying attention or driving too fast. Period end of discussion! If somebody was texting I stand by my previous statement. They are no different from a drinking driver.

Superior Twp voter

Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 4:30 p.m.

Cut-n-pasted from same story yesterday morning (although I realize this is likely NOT the proximate cause of all these accidents): Ever since MDOT changed the M-14 westbound at US-23 interchange (back a few years ago, when WB on M-14 looking to proceed SB on US-23, two lanes could exit SB onto US-23) they unintentionally created a bottleneck. This due to now only the LEFT lane of M-14 can exit to SB US-23. So what do the goofy "operators" do? Jump into and hold the left lane of WB M-14 for miles, awaiting their exit to SB US-23. They plug the entire WB M-14 freeway up from the Ford Road interchange just to be certain they can exit! Incredibly. Incompetent. Operators. For they certainly are NOT drivers. Contributory factors to many WB M-14 accidents in this stretch.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 7:19 p.m.

Then when they successfully do get on US-23 south it becomes like a drag race to see who can get over into the right lane to exit at Plymouth Rd. without getting hit by the eastbound traffic that also exited to go down US-23. Real maneuvering happens in that area..


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 3 p.m.

MattA I completly agree with you. I was rear ended on 94 last year by someone that wasn't paying attention to the traffic slowing down due to foggy road conditions. I fortuantly was paying attention and gave my self room to stop. If I hadn't I would have hit an overpass head on. Not to fun when your the cautious one and still become a victim of someone else's stupidity.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 2:59 p.m.

M-14 is one of the worst racecourses around. Daily accidents during morning rush hour. Do we need bumper stickers that say "Pray for me, I drive on M-14!". Leave earlier, slow down and watch the road.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 2:28 p.m.

same spot.

Matt A

Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 2:27 p.m.

I was the first car hit in this accident. Seriously people, stop tailgating. The only reason I didn't hit the car in front of me was that I left enough room between my car and the car in front of me when everyone started hitting their brakes. If the folks behind me had done the same, my 3-year-old and I wouldn't have been in this accident. Grrr.....


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 3:36 p.m.

Sorry to hear about this happening to you. I agree, some people drive much too close regardless of speed/zone/construction/road conditions. Best we can do, seems you have, is drive as defensively as possible and hope for the best. It sucks, and it's not right. Glad to see you're, for the most part, alright


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 2:20 p.m.

Isn't his like 3 days in a row......Wake up people its contrustion. We go through this each year. Michigan's Substitute State Tree for the summer is the Orange Construction barrell, don't ya know.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 1:51 p.m.

East of Ann Arbor.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 1:35 p.m.

Will they never learn?


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 3:52 p.m.

I love the ones who speed past everyone else that's already moved into "one lane ahead" lane. Or the ones that speed past the shoulder to get to the exit. What's really great, is when that person speed past everyone fails to see the deputy/officer/trooper up ahead also waiting in line. +1 for the good guys.


Tue, Apr 10, 2012 : 2:05 p.m. would think construction barriers and signs would be a hint to be alert and slow down. I guess I was taught different kinda like crossing the street