One of the crashes Thursday, Nov. 13, is seen just north of the on-ramp from 106th Avenue.

Wintry weather covers county with snow

By Tuesday, Nov. 18, a second round of lake-effect snow had blanketed Allegan County to kick off the winter season.

By midday, an accident on southbound US-131 at 129th Avenue had the left lane temporarily blocked.

Allegan County Sheriff’s Capt. Frank Baker reported there were two semi-truck accidents on I-196 near the 26 mile marker and the 38 mile marker causing slow-downs.

Thursday, Nov. 13, the first dose of snow resulted in dozens of car crashes throughout the county.

According to the sheriff department, whiteouts, slippery roads and people driving too fast for conditions were all factors.

Incidents near Martin and Dorr on US-131 required lane closures, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation; a larger multi-car crash completely closed northbound US-131 near Plainwell, a mile north the M-89 interchange.

The sheriff department said among those injured in that crash was canine handler Deputy Dave Holmes whose patrol vehicle was parked on the side of the expressway.

He was working another crash and was sitting in the vehicle with lights flashing when it was rear-ended. He was treated for minor injuries and released from Borgess Pipp Hospital in Plainwell. His canine partner Etto was unhurt.

During the same incident, which happened just before noon, a wrecker driver working at that accident was seriously injured when a semi hit his tow truck. Roger Brock, 63, is now stable after surgery to repair a fractured leg and chest injuries, police said.

Plainwell EMS, the Martin Fire Department and the Michigan State Police assisted at the scene.

Other roads in the county last week, including I-196, also saw slide-offs and crashes involving injuries.

Sheriff’s officers urged drivers to allow for more driving time, drive slower and increase their following distances. On Tuesday, Baker said drivers should switch on headlights during the day to increase visibility in the occasional whiteout conditions caused by blowing snow.

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