Near White-out Conditions Cause Several Vehicle Crashes in Fenton

At least five crashes occur in less than an hour near Fenton, and also a 33-car pileup north of Fenton on US 23, hours after a horrific crash in Detroit.

Near white-out conditions caused several accidents in Fenton and several crashes across the region Thursday afternoon.

Most of the Fenton accidents happened between 12 and 1 p.m. when the weather conditions worsened.

Fenton Police Lt. Jason Slater said two accidents occurred near the US 23 exit ramp and Torrey Road. He said one involved two cars and another was a single car accident.

Slater said another single accident occurred on North Road near the Fenton Water Plant. He said the driver went off the road.

Another truck lost control on US 23 and went straight into the guardrail, Slater said. Another vehicle sat in the median of US 23 after crashing into the guardrail.

Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro said there were no major injuries in any of the crashes.

Slater also stated that the Genesee County Sheriff's Department responded to a rollover crash north of Thompson Road that shut down part of the highway temporarily.

A 33-car pileup, involving two semi trucks occurred in Mundy Township, closing US 23 between Hill and Thompson Roads, reported the Flint Journal. The article stated that three people were extricated with the Jaws of Life and 12 people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Officials opened US 23 northbound around 2 p.m. and US 23 southbound was opened around 4 p.m.

The storm also contributed to a horrific accident on I-75 in Detroit as three people were killed and 20 people hurt in an at least 30 car crash, reported the Detroit News.

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Jason Alexander January 31, 2013 at 09:16 PM
Did you get stuck on US 23? Or were you out on the roads?
stringbob January 31, 2013 at 11:33 PM
When heading off to rehearsal, a sliding FedEx truck busted through the stop sign, right in front, I mean directly in front of me. I knew I was about to have the first accident I've EVER had in 48 years of driving. I was going to cream a huge FedEx truck, or visa-versa. I learned there are only milliseconds to make decisions. I decided at the last possible moment to avoid the collision, at all costs. I swerved right, then to the left and took the path to the hill and some trees in someone's yard. I then hit the hill and went airborne.... The car landed with a thud, just to the left of the trees, and slid back on the roadway, all in less than 5 seconds. By all rights, the car should have flipped... This was close to a near-death experience as I've ever been, and ever want to be. After checking the seat for brown-spots, and laughing it off with the FedEx driver, I headed off to rehearsal, canceled as it were . Fortunately, all rehearsal pre-meeting/lunches take place at various gin-mills, local to the rehearsal house. I was able to come down off the outside-induced high with some Humu Lupa Licious, and all was good again. So, back to the question, did I get caught up in the RT 23 mess? Only to the extent that I couldn't take the highway back home. I'm really sorry for all were caught up, and I hope they all come out with no more than some damaged vehicles... Ya gotta love Michigan winters.. Right?
stephanie pytlowanyj February 01, 2013 at 01:22 PM
I know better than to drive on US-23 in weather like it was yesterday. My daughter was almost killed in a car accident on that same stretch of US-23, as mentioned in your article, in 2007. The area is becoming well know for it's multi-car pile-ups.
cee robin February 04, 2013 at 08:01 PM
I've noticed that the roads aren't salted as often this year. When I used to travel to Flint to work at about 5:30 in the morning on 23, 23 was often one of the last expressways to be salted....I often asked myself...who makes these decisions? There were many people using 23 to travel north to work in Flint, ( of course that was 12 years ago)...still now I notice that 23 is about the last to get salted. It seems they wait until there are a few accidents before they bring out the salt trucks.... Good for collision businesses, good for insurance companies, good for tow trucks, NOT SO GOOD FOR OUR WALLETS...but we still pay taxes to have this work done.


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