Traverse City Record-Eagle


March 4, 2014

Caution urged in winter traffic crashes

TRAVERSE CITY — Winter can be a dangerous time for travel even after a crash occurs.

A Rapid City woman, 34, was hospitalized Thursday after a traffic crash on U.S. 31 near Bunker Hill, but not for injuries she received in the crash itself.

Grand Traverse County sheriff’s Lt. Brian Giddis said she walked out of her vehicle when she slipped and fell in the roadway. He said visibility was so poor that the driver of an oncoming vehicle likely didn’t notice she was in their path.

“A car ran over her hand,” he said.

Giddis said several vehicles were involved in clusters of crashes along U.S. 31 that day. He said motorists involved in crashes may want to leave their vehicle, especially if they’re in the middle of the roadway, but he stressed extra caution in the winter.

“It’s risky to be outside your vehicle with slippery conditions and traffic going by,” he said.

Giddis said it’s usually best for motorists to remain buckled up inside their vehicles until law enforcement or emergency personnel arrive and give instructions.



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