Kalamazoo crash that killed 5 is deadliest bicycle accident in memory, state group says
A Kalamazoo County collision that killed five bicyclists and seriously injured four others is the deadliest involving cyclists in memory, said the spokeswoman for the League of Michigan Bicyclists.
Commerce Twp Pontiac Trail roundabout most accident-prone in Michigan
An Oakland County intersection is named the most-accident prone in Michigan. The roundabout at Pontiac Trail and M-5 in Commerce Township had 186 crashes last year.
More Americans are dying each year by accident
Accidents are killing more Americans each year, increasingly from overdoses and falls. A new report from the National Safety Council said that in 2014, more than 136,000 Americans died accidentally. That’s up 4.2 percent from the year before and a jump of 15.5 percent over a decade. And the accident rate has risen despite a 22 percent plunge in car crash deaths since 2005.
Do your part to make boating safer in Michigan
The DNR and several other groups are proclaiming two messages this week: Go boating. And do it safely. Along with the Michigan State Waterways Commission and the Michigan Boating Industries Association (MBIA), the DNR is observing Michigan Boating Week through Saturday. The event shines a spotlight on all the water resources the state offers, especially to boaters: Great Lakes water lapping more than 3,288 miles of shoreline in Michigan alone, plus 11,037 inland lakes and 36,350 miles of rivers and streams.
Driverless cars? Not so fast.
It’s impossible to have missed the hype about self-driving cars.
Someday soon, we’ll all be scooting around town in these futuristic marvels. Traffic accidents will be a thing of the past. The morning commute will be a breeze. And you’ll never have to worry about finding a parking spot.
You Tube videos and network news broadcasts have shown us these autonomous vehicles in action, with the promise that it won’t be much longer before you‘ll find yourself riding in one of your own.
Not so fast.
Crash deaths in Michigan up 10 percent in 2015
According to the Michigan Department of Transportation’s changeable highway signs, there have already been 400 traffic deaths this year in Michigan. That’s up 51 deaths over the same time last year.
The number of traffic fatalities started going up back in 2015, when the state recorded 963 traffic deaths. There were 876 deaths in 2014. That’s an increase of about 10 percent.
The reason for the increase in deaths is unclear, especially since the overall number of crashes actually dropped from 2014 to 2015.
Fatal accident closes portion of eastbound Interstate 69 in Genesee County
Eastbound I-69 is closed at the Interstate 75 interchange — Exit 133 — in Flint Township following a fatal accident Sunday night.
The alert came via the Genesee County 911 Consortium website and Michigan Department of Transportation Bay Region’s Twitter page.
Neighbors want a turn signal on Saginaw after Thursday’s deadly crash
BATH TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WILX) – Police have identified the woman killed in an accident on Saginaw Street in Bath Township Thursday as 55-year-old Velvet Ann Powers of Perry.
People who live and work on Saginaw street in Bath Township want M-DOT to add a turning signal on the intersection.
She died when her car was hit while turning into the Meijer near Marsh Road. Neighbors have said the area is too dangerous ever since the store opened.
Two-vehicle crash on Wilder Road sends 64-year-old woman to hospital
BANGOR TWP, MI — A two-vehicle crash that sent a woman to the hospital stopped traffic on Wilder Road for more than 30 minutes Monday morning.
At about 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 13, a 64-year-old woman driving a red Ford Escape attempted to make a left turn from Shrestha Drive to head west on Wilder Road. As she made the turn, an eastbound black Buick sports utility vehicle on Wilder, driven by a 38-year-old woman, struck the vehicle, causing it to overturn, said Michigan State Police Trooper Joe Labelle.
Perry woman killed in Bath Township crash
BATH TOWNSHIP – A Perry woman was killed in a two-vehicle crash Thursday afternoon, police confirmed Friday.
Velvet Powers, 55, of Perry, was on her way to get food for a cookout when she died in the crash, said friend and neighbor Jane Mishoe.
Mishoe, 36, said she was driving with her own 10-year-old daughter in the back seat and Powers in the front passenger seat when they collided with another vehicle in front of the Meijer store at 7157 E. Saginaw Highway.