Whiteout conditions shut down M-40

HOLLAND, Mich. (WOOD) — The road from Holland to Allegan was one place you did not want to be on Friday.

“I’ve been driving for 20 years now…and this is one of the worst winters I’ve ever been in,” said Holly Carrier, as she sat in the cab of her semi-truck in the parking lot of an M-40 truck stop, waiting out conditions which caused state police to shut the road down.

That closure was something Carrier said she’s gotten use to this winter.

“It’s just been one right after another,” she said. “I’ve either been in the front of it, the middle of it or the end of it. I’ve called the boss man a couple of time and said, ‘Look, this load is gonna be late. I’m sorry. I’ve got to think about our safety.’”

Friday’s severe conditions were just another chapter in what for many has been the worst Michigan winter in a very long time.

M-40 — a state road that is not the place for the faint of heart on a good day — was clear one moment, and in a whiteout the next.

“Next thing you know, you can’t see anything,” said Michigan State Police Trooper Greg Dronby as he worked yet another crash along the road south of I-196. “You can be driving along just fine and then the next minute you can’t see a thing. You can hardly see the front of your car at times… and that’s what the problems is.”

Dronby said troopers would reopen the road as soon as a wreck was cleared, but nearly as soon traffic started flowing, there would be another crash.

Despite the number of wrecks and the poor visibility, there were no reports of serious injuries Friday.

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