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Wednesday's snow storm causes spike in car crashes

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Hundreds of car crashes and other traffic accidents were reported across Washtenaw County during Wednesday’s snowy weather.

The county received around eight inches of snow as of 7 p.m. Wednesday, the highest total of any area in Southeast Michigan.

Ann Arbor’s Interim Police Chief, Aimee Metzer, says it had a significant impact on her department’s operations.

“We had almost 60 traffic-related calls for service. About eight were cars in the ditch, and the others were actually traffic crashes. So, that’s about six-fold from what we’re generally used to on a given day.”

Washtenaw County will likely see additional snow over the next few days. Metzer says if you have to drive during a snow storm, slowing down and driving cautiously really are the best ways to avoid getting in an accident.

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Taylor Pinson is a former WEMU news reporter and engineer.
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