COURTLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- High winds, poor visibility, and icy conditions led to numerous traffic crashes Friday, prompting police to shut down a slew of roads.
In northern Kent County, emergency crews responded to a report of 15 vehicles involved in a collision at Myers Lake Road and 13 Mile Road. Residents say it was lucky there weren't more cars in the pileup, because in the winter, when the wind visibility drops to zero.
"Unable to see completely, it was horrible. You can't even see the oncoming traffic," said Jacob Ramos, who was driving one of the 15 vehicles involved in the pileup.
"You couldn't see anything because the snowdrifts were really, really bad and I clipped the back of one car and another car came at me, avoided me, and hit the car that I hit. And then a little later, a G6 came over and hit me, so it was a four car pile up. Then there was a line of cars trying to get past us, then there was another pileup in the line of cars," explained Ramos.
Ed Norton lives on Myers Lake Avenue between 13 and 14 Mile Road. In the winter he says it's one of the most dangerous miles of roads in the state. "You just can't see when you get in there. They keep plowing the snow back, they build that bank up higher and higher, then the snow blows across the field and across the road and just makes zero vision."
None of the crashes in northern Kent County caused significant injuries, just damaged vehicles and frustrated drivers ready for spring.