Dangerous cold persists

A passenger vehicle went out of control Wednesday on a snowpack-covered highway in the northern Lower Peninsula and slid in front on an oncoming semi-truck, killing at least two people, Michigan State Police said.
AP Wire
Jan 29, 2014

The crash happened about 1 p.m. Wednesday on M-32 near Johannesburg in Otsego County, said Sgt. Tony Harrington at the state police post in Gaylord. He said details on the crash and the victims' identities weren't yet known.

Earlier weather-related crashes have claimed at least four lives in the state, and a man in Paw Paw died of a heart attack while clearing snow.

Dangerously cold wind chill temperatures eased somewhat in Michigan, but officials kept many schools closed for another day Wednesday.

The temperature dipped to minus 6 early Wednesday in Three Rivers in the southwestern Lower Peninsula, according to the National Weather. Statewide temperatures were mainly in the teens Wednesday afternoon.

Winds were making it seem much colder, however, and increasing the risk of injury.

"Frostbite of exposed skin can occur in a matter of minutes in these conditions," the weather service said in advisory.

The school closing lists shrank Wednesday, with schools including the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Wayne State University in Detroit and Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant holding classes.

Still, hundreds of Michigan elementary, middle and high schools were shut Wednesday. All Detroit public schools closed for another day. Students in Flint Community Schools had their third consecutive day off because of cold weather. Many schools in western Michigan remained closed Wednesday.

"The bottom line is safety," Rockford Public Schools Superintendent Mike Shibler said. "The roads are better but still pretty bad, particularly secondary and country roads. The wind chill is still really low so the salt is not working and it is unsafe for kids to travel to school either by bus or with their parents."

Crews in Lenawee County encountered 10-foot-high snowdrifts while working to clear roads in rural areas. County Road Commission operations manager Jason Schnaidt said the roads were "passable" but that more work remained.

"We've made a hole in them. Nothing that looks very pretty, but we've made a hole so people can get in and out," he said.

Drifting snow has been a problem in Lenawee County since Saturday. The winds eased Tuesday, making it less of an issue.

In Grand Rapids, a pavilion that for years served as a gathering place for church groups, fundraisers and family reunions collapsed Monday under the weight of snow. No injuries were reported. The pavilion seated 400 people, and the Christian Reformed Recreation Center plans to rebuild.

Comments

owell

They need to shut down that Mercury Drive!

watchingyou

Now there's a thought. Not a great one, but a thought.

Former Grandhavenite

I've always wondered what the deal is with Mercury Drive anyway. As long as I've been familiar with the area, Mercury has been infamous for having a lot of accidents. I don't know if it's just something about the design of the road or what.

Lanivan

Beware - I suggested this very thing several months ago, and was summarily dismissed!

LessThanAmused

What part of the above article has anything to do with Mercury Drive?

Former Grandhavenite

Well, it's a story about cold, and Mercury being the closest planet to the sun tends to be pretty warm- so it's a temperature themed article I guess. Also, I think one of the electrical relays in the vehicle involved in the crash had components made of mercury. Mercury is also fairly rare in nature, just like skilled drivers on Mercury Drive.

By the way, my sympathy to any kid from Gaylord who had to tell other junior high kids the name of their city.

Barry Soetoro

Don't forget you can also find mercury in Lani's politically correct lightbulbs.

bigdeal

Had a friend first name Gaylord. Loved his Schlitz. Everyone that knew him called him Gay. People out of the loop gave us dirty looks.

Mercury was a major Roman god of financial gain, eloquence, luck & trickery and was the escort of souls to the underworld.

Former Grandhavenite

The little town of Gay up on the Keweenaw peninsula is also fertile ground for comedy. They have the Gay Parade every 4th of July in which the Gay lifestyle and Gay pride are celebrated, and a local watering hole is just called "The Gay Bar". Apparently the entrance door swings both ways. There's also some rhyme about driving to the area that involves going straight on Gay Street. Ok ok I'll stop now with the gaiety.

Vladtheimp

Then there's the tragic story of a former Choom Gang Member, Gay Ray - Obama's high school pot dealer who he thanked for the 'good times' was beaten to death with a hammer by his gay lover. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/...

bigdeal

wasn't he the dealer?

edit: asked before I clicked the link, answered my own well-known question.

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