There was a special karma to the morning commute, and it wasn't the good kind. It was fiery. Early, at least.
Before a single incident involving a car, three vehicle fires broke out in an hour.5:10 a.m.
A semi caught fire on eastbound I-96 around mile marker 15, west of the Coopersville exit. It was 30 minutes before crews on scene, which had said the truck was "fully involved," reported the fire put down. The driver suffered minor burns to his hands, but that was all.5:15 a.m.
A garbage truck fire was reported on Alpine Avenue in front of Menards, which is south of Lamoreaux Drive.5:50 a.m.
Another garbage truck fire: Washington Avenue and Fairview Road in Zeeland.
See what I mean?6:40 a.m.
Someone slipped off the ramp from eastbound I-196 to northbound US-131. A trooper was on the scene quickly. (You can just see his light in the center of the image at right.) The ramp had to be closed to allow a wrecker to pull the vehicle out.
Fun note: Dave Odette of the Grand Rapids Press found a better angle, and a great caption
, too.7:15 a.m.
A crash in Muskegon on Apple Avenue at Sheridan Road, with injuries.7:25 a.m.
Just as I mentioned on the air that no slowdown had developed at the Ann Street bottleneck on southbound US-131, traffic at West River Drive slowed to almost a stop.7:30 a.m.
The crash on the ramp from eastbound I-196 to northbound US-131 was cleared.7:40 a.m.
Scanner traffic in Allegan County indicated that someone broke down on northbound US-131 near the Wayland exit and was trying to flag people down. Interesting that drivers were calling 911 instead of stopping to help. What would you
do? I would probably do the same thing: pulling over without warning from 70 mph is not safe maneuver in the best of conditions.
Light snow fell during most of the morning, keeping the roads wet but with no accumulation.
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