Storm wrap-up: 15-vehicle, 11-vehicle simultaneous crashes on US-31; 12-vehicle crash on US-10

February 16, 2015

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LUDINGTON — Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole’s weekend report includes a 15-vehicle crash and an 11-vehicle crash on US-31 at the same time and a 12-vehicle crash on US-10 during the Valentine’s Day Storm Saturday, Feb. 14. No injuries were reported in any of the wrecks.

The near-blizzard conditions became so severe that the Mason County Road Commission pulled their plow trucks, according to a sheriff’s special statement issued at 5:44 p.m. Saturday.

There were up to 12 vehicles in the ditch, with only minor damage, on US-10 near the Mason County Fairgrounds in Pere Marquette Township at 1:45 p.m. Then at 3:10 p.m., two huge crashes on US-31 occurred at the same time — an 11-vehicle crash near the Meisenheimer Road overpass in Summit Township and 15 vehicles in the ditch near the Ludington rest area in Summit Township. There was no reported damage in the 15-car crash.

At 3:15 p.m., a southbound semi-truck on Pere Marquette Hwy. near Conrad Road in PM Township collided head-on with an Oceana Auto tow truck that was pulling an MCSO patrol car out of the ditch. “The patrol car had been responding to numerous traffic crashes on the US-31 Freeway when he ran off the road and became stuck in whiteout conditions,” Cole said. There were no injuries.

The following is MCSO weekend activity:

Friday, Feb. 13, 2015:

– 9 a.m., sex offender registration violation, 100 block of State, City of Scottville, warrant requested.

– 9:42 a.m., two-vehicle crash, no injuries, PM Hwy. and First, PM Twp.

– 10:10 a.m., harassment, 900 block of E. Decker, Sherman Twp.

– 3:41 p.m., two-vehicle rear-end crash, no injuries, US-10 and Stiles, Amber Twp.

– 5:10 p.m., two vehicles in ditch, no damage/no injuries, US-31 Freeway and Meisenheimer overpass, Summit Twp.

– 10:00 p.m., vehicle/tree crash, no injuries, Reek and Ottawa, Free Soil Twp.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015:

– 3:17 a.m., one-vehicle crash, no injuries, US-10 and Brye, Amber Twp.

– 10:53 a.m., vehicle in ditch, US-31 Freeway and US-10, Amber Twp.

– 11:10 a.m., three abandoned vehicles, Lakeshore Drive between south and middle bayous, Hamlin Twp.

– 1:20 p.m., two-vehicle head-on crash, no injuries, Poplar and Townline, Free Soil Twp.

– 1:30 p.m. two-vehicle rear-end, hit-and-run crash, no injuries, US-10 and Tuttle, Custer Twp., unknown vehicle rear-ended a vehicle, which had slowed due to no visibility, and fled the scene.

– 2:04 p.m., two-vehicle rear-end crash, no injuries, US-10 and Meyers, Amber Twp.

– 2:15 p.m., two-vehicle rear-end hit-and-run crash, US-10 and PM Hwy., PM Twp.

– 3:10 p.m., one-vehicle rollover crash, no injuries, US-10 and Tuttle, Custer Twp.

– 3:30 p.m., two-vehicle rear-end crash, minor injuries, PM Hwy. and Conrad, PM Twp., southbound vehicles collided in white-out conditions attempting to avoid the semi vs. tow truck crash.

– 3:30 p.m., two-vehicle rear-end  hit-and-run crash, no injuries, US-10 and Meyers, PM Twp., vehicle slowed due to white-out conditions and was rear-ended by a white truck which left the scene.

– 3:39 p.m., two-vehicle rear-end crash, no injuries, US-10 and Meyers, PM Twp.

– 4  p.m., two-vehicle head-on crash, with injuries, PM Hwy. and Hesslund, PM Twp.

Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015:

– 9:40 a.m., one-vehicle crash, no injuries, Hansen west of Stiles, Amber Twp.

– 11:09 a.m., two-vehicle crash, no injuries, US-10 and Meyers, Amber Twp.

– 2:28 p.m., two-vehicle rear-end crash, no injuries, US-10 and US-31 bypass, Amber Twp.

– 2:28 p.m., a 30-year-old Fountain man was arrested for DWLS following a traffic stop, US-10 near Brye, Amber Twp.

– 4:18 p.m., a 46-year-old Ludington woman and a 22-year-old Ludington man were both arrested for domestic violence following a 911 call from a Hamlin Township residence in the 1700 block of Ridge View Court.

– 5 p.m., two-vehicle crash, no injuries, Jebavy north of US-10, PM Twp.

– 5:51 p.m, a 51-year-old Branch man was arrested for second-offense DWLS and his 24-year-old passenger from Hart was arrested following a traffic stop, US-10 east of Jackson PM Twp. The passenger was wanted on an outstanding Failure to Appear warrant out of Muskegon County.

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