Semi-truck crashes close U.S. 31 again

(Updated 5:11 p.m.) Southbound U.S. 31 between Laketon Avenue and I-96 in southern Muskegon County has reopened.
Tribune Staff
Jan 22, 2014

The southbound lanes of the highway were closed twice today because of multiple crashes with semi-trucks blocking all lanes.

The Michigan State Police and Fruitport Township and Norton Shores police are urging motorists to avoid traveling on U.S. 31 because of multiple crashes and slide-offs in the area.

Road conditions will likely continue to be poor as temperatures in the double or single digits make the use of salt nearly worthless, officials say

Details on the multitude of crashes today from the heavy snowfall will be in Thursday's Tribune.

Comments

PictureThat2013

Who are they kidding - 3-5" We (Robinson TwnShp) already have at least 8 inches and its snowing 1-2" an hr. You can't see cars, you can't see where the side of the roads is. Best advice - Get home and stay home.

jlebrasseur

Yet people keep driving like idiots. Just got home from visiting family in Flint, and while I was doing 35 or under, everyone else was doing 55mph or faster (I took the back roads home) even though you could not see the sides of the road or more than two car lengths in front of you. Why are these people so dumb when it comes to driving?

On a side note, the roads were fine all the way across despite the snow, until I hit Ottawa County. Instantly turned to crap. I know salt doesn't work, but would it really be too hard to dump some sand down, at least at intersections/hills??? We have a limitless supply of the stuff. All the plow trucks are doing is polishing the ice and making it even more slick.

rj18rad

We live in SNOW country. What I don't understand is if the cities and counties can't, or refuse to (which is an excuse I've actually been given), keep up with winter weather why don't they hire private contractors? There's been other areas of this country I've lived in, some much larger, that do just that.

Tri-cities realist

Private contractors? Oh the horror... Kidding of course. Great idea, that unfortunately won't see the light of day.

rj18rad

Yes it is, and it works very well in the cities I've been. Private individuals with plow trucks take care of the interior (side) roads. We can't park on the road anyway during certain times of the day so there would be no damage to personal property.

michiglen

"People driving like idiots" is the biggest problem.

Understand the road conditions, adjust your driving to suit.

PUT YOUR CELL PHONE IN THE TRUNK! Limit distractions.

Drive at a speed where you can stop within your line of sight.

Look at the cars at least three ahead for brake lights. Be prepared.

michiglen

I have to add that I feel sorry for the truck drivers involved.

They were more than likely innocent victims of some stoopid car driver.

Yet, and with all the pictures, they will have blame attributed to them.

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