Several cars went of the roadway Monday because of the icy road conditions.
Fenton Police Chief Rick Aro said a 27-year-old Swartz Creek resident was driving southbound on US 23 around 7:30 a.m. Monday when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck a tree near the Owen Road exit ramp.
Aro said the 2003 Chevy Tahoe had extensive damage, but the driver was uninjured.
Aro added that several other vehicles also skidded off of US 23 Monday.
A two-car accident also occurred on Silver Parkway near Jennings Road around 3:25 p.m. Monday.
Aro said a 32-year-old Linden woman driving a 2009 Pontiac G6 failed to yield to a 2012 Chevrolet van driven by a 38-year-old Fenton resident when she was turning left, causing the accident. Both vehicles were moderately damaged, but the drivers were not injured.
“When it is as cold as it is, there will be situations of black ice,” Aro said. “Drive the speed appropriate for the conditions.”
The Michigan State Police also offered these safe-driving tips:
- Keep tires at the car manufacturer’s recommended pressure and routinely check tire pressure during cold weather.
- Keep windshield solvent at full strength and make sure the reservoir is full, and keep new wiper blades on front and rear wipers, if so equipped.
- Wash your car for better visibility to other drivers, and remove ice and snow from all lights, windows and the license plate before driving.
- Periodically check all lights and replace when necessary.
- Prepare a winter driving survival kit with items such as: an extra winter coat, pants, hat, boots and gloves; a flashlight with batteries; candle and candle holder; dry container of matches; jumper cables; tow strap; first aid kit; shovel; salt or kitty litter; road flares; and a spare tire and jack.
- If you are stranded in a winter storm, do not leave your vehicle. Stay with the vehicle and wait for help.