Wet snow contributes to many crashes around county

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:32 PM

This was just one of many crashes around Ottawa County on Monday.

Police said earlier in the day another vehicle went off the road just a short distance from this crash and grazed a tree.

Derek Holmes, 17, said he was on his way home just before 2:30 p.m.when he hit a patch of ice and started sliding.

“I must have overcorrected,” he said.

His 2004 Ford Escape was southbound on 148th Avenue north of Leonard Road. It went into the ditch on the west side of the road and rolled onto its top.

Holmes said the side air bags went off, but he was not hurt. He was able to kick open the door and get out of the car.

Winter driving tips

- Slow down and adjust your speed to the conditions

- Give snowplows plenty of room. Don’t pass them.

- Always wear your seatbelt.

- Driving is most dangerous at 32 degrees.

- Watch for other vehicles having problems with road conditions.

- Keep mirrors, windows and lights clean; keep your lights on.

- Don’t pass other vehicles on or near bridges.

- If you don’t feel comfortable driving, pull of the road and park at the first safe place.

- If you slide off the road, stay in your car. You are safer in your vehicle than standing on the side of the roadway. Call 911 or flag down a passing motorist by flashing your lights or waving out the window.

For current winter driving conditions, go to www.michtip.state.mi.us/rw/home.htm


Light snow will continue into the evening, changing to patchy light drizzle and freezing drizzle, according to the National Weather Service.

It will be mostly cloudy on Tuesday with a 30 percent chance of snow showers. High temperatures will be in the lower 30s.

The forecast calls for partly to mostly sunny skies on Wednesday with temperatures in the high 20s.

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