Crashes on M-40 and I-196 in Allegan County

A jackknifed semi-truck on I-195 north of South Haven. (Courtesy Mark Adomeit via ReportIt - jan. 24, 2014)

SOUTH HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — There were closures on two major thoroughfares in Allegan County Friday due to crashes as road conditions were poor.

Traffic backed up on M-40 due to crashes and drifting. (Jan. 24, 2014)
Traffic backed up on M-40 due to crashes and drifting. (Jan. 24, 2014)

Visibility was very limited all along the lakeshore area Friday. Some roads were impassable due to blowing and drifting snow. By nightfall, authorities put flares out to warn drivers away,  but those flares soon became covered in snow.

There were “multiple blocking accidents” on M-40 between 48th Street and 52nd Street, Michigan State Police said, but the road was reopened late Friday afternoon.

And southbound I-196 was shut down north for hours north of South Haven at Exit 26 to 109th Avenue after a semi-truck jackknifed. The exact cause of the crash are not yet known.

Radio personality Flounder of Thunder 94.5 posted an Instagram video of the jackknifed semi:

On Wednesday evening, I-196 was shut down for a time near Blue Star Highway after three semi-trucks jackknifed.

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