Vehicle Hits Plow Truck in Oceana County

Posted at 9:33 PM, Feb 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-16 23:40:02-05

Tom Morningstar, 58, tried to keep up with the rate of snowfall, as he cleared it from his property.

The Oceana County Road Commission said the region got 6 to 14 inches of snow. Shelby was one of the hardest hit areas.

“This is one of the worst storms of the winter so far,” Morningstar, a Shelby resident said.

He added, “It’s just coming down like crazy and you can’t see any place.”

Morningstar said he hasn’t had a chance to rest, since it started coming down overnight.

Before this, he was driving in it for work as an appliance delivery guy.

“I think I was driving maybe 30 miles an hour all over the west side of Oceana and Mason County, and you couldn’t go any faster and if you did, you’re causing a hazard,” he explained.

Danielle Runciman didn’t go fast. In fact, she stopped on the side of US 31.

“You can’t see. You can’t see five feet in front of you. I pulled over and put on my hazards,” she said.

As a result, the Oceana County Road Commission said her decision to stop on the highway caused another vehicle to hit a plow truck.

“We were actually scraping the right lane. This lady sat in the lane,” Jeff Balkema, a foreman with the Oceana Road Commission said.

“We had to slow down and go around her and that’s when the [other] driver plowed [into] our truck,” he explained.

“Michigan weather… Just driving in it, it’s just terrible. You’re better off to stay home,” Runciman said.

That’s just one of several incidents on the highway that the Oceana Sheriff’s Department responded too Saturday. FOX 17 also spotted slide-offs along the slippery stretch.

Balkema said about seven crews were on duty, working overtime, trying to keep up with the snowfall like Morningstar.

He offers this advice to drivers. “Have your flashers on, have all your lights on. just be careful,” Morningstar advised.