Update 12:55 p.m. 1-8-16
Video of incident by Buck McMahan on Facebook
****This morning and moments ago – we have heard numerous accidents on U.S.-41 between L’Anse and Keweenaw County – many sliding way off road into snowbanks including a van.
U.P. Breaking News has received good details from those with knowledge of the logging truck crash that apparently could have been a lot worse – apparently a kudos shout-out for the driver is the right thing.
See our Facebook post for more but here is some of the info:
“A woman pulled out of the motel (and) lost control,” said Michelle Fugate Clements, who works for the same company as the logging truck driver.
“The driver of the log truck did an amazing job avoiding her – Probably saving her life!,” Clements said in a Faceook post.
“No tickets were issued, she said
“Apparently an accident in the same spot last night. Even Salting the roads may not have helped, black ice is scary!!!”Trailer got sucked in ditch and then logs rolled off when on its side. Took 45 minutes to clean up logs which were mainly on the side of the road,” she said.
“Proud of our driver in avoiding what could have been a horrible accident,” Clements said.
Photo courtesy Gina Reed
Roads are dangerous: Reporter Jason Asselin, who took this photo of the highway – said:
“Drove 100 miles yesterday on roads like this.. Salt wouldn’t do any good, but the sand was visible at times. I found the streets untouched were actually in better condition than those treated.”
U.P. Breaking News Bulletin; Semi Rollover in Baraga latest accident on a Black Ice Sunday – 1-8-17 10:50 a.m. ET
Logging truck dumps load, flips on side
By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
(Baraga, MI) – A semi tractor trailer truck rolled over on U.S.-41 in Baraga, MI on a dangerous black ice Sunday morning, Jan. 8, 2017.
The semi flipped on its side and lost is load on U.S.-41 near Irene’s Pizza at 1203 US-41 in Baraga.
Traffic in the area will be tied up for sometime.
Earlier this morning, an elderly woman received minor injuries in a two car crash on U.S.-41 at Pine St. In Calumet Township.
Numerous cars off the road and into snowbanks have been reported.
In several areas plow drivers and others are reporting black ice. Plow drivers keep spreading sand but the strong freezing winds are sending the sand into the air. Plus it is too cold for road salt to be effective.
“All we can do is apologize – we’re doing the best we can,” said one driver in Houghton County to a dispatcher.
Meanwhile near Marenisco, MI early today – two snowmobiles were rushing across pitch black Lake Gogebic – and one hit snowmobile crashed ashore by striking a boat dock slip and hitting a tree. Fortunately neither snowmobiler were injured.
Plus there have been numerous people injured – especially the elderly – in outdoor slip and fall accidents this weekend. Everyone must help each other walks to cars – and only drive if very important.