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Snow, ice and low-visibility cause problems for drivers in West Michigan

Posted at 9:21 PM, Feb 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-09 23:31:30-05

MUSKEGON, Mich. — Ice and snow blanketed roads Sunday, as near whiteout conditions plagued drivers across the area.

“With this weather that is coming in it had an icy bottom to it so even though its snow covered on it, its extremely slick underneath so when you’re trying to stop everyone has just not been able to and just going through intersections, hitting other vehicles coming out of driveways,” Eagle Towing Operations Manager Andrew Heykoop said.

Slide-offs and rollovers were seen around West Michigan, keeping towers busy throughout the night.

“Our Montague terminal we’re on 34 or 35 just weather-related calls, I think we are in the 70s around it,” Heykoop said early Sunday evening.

Both tow truck drivers and first responders are asking drivers to take it slow on the roads, especially when passing the scene of accident.

“Always slow down, move over for emergency vehicles is dear to my heart, that’s what’s always going to be foremost. When you see workers working alongside the roads, you need to reduce your speed by a minimum of 10 miles per hour and slow down when able to,” Heykoop added.

Another thing to note, if you see cars along the side of the road with police tape on them, it means they’ve already been checked and there is nobody in there.