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Several Michiana roads dangerous during snowfall

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The mix of snow, strong winds, and colder temperatures can be a deadly combination. With the snow season officially here, officials say there are a few roads that tend to be more dangerous.

Elkhart city Street commissioner Marty Morgan says the most dangerous road in Northern Indiana is the Bypass. He's talking about the stretch between the Mayflower exit in South Bend and the Elkhart exit.

"It's elevated and also in farm country so it can get more frost on the concrete," says Morgan.

The most dangerous intersections in Michigan include Ironwood and Lincolnway East, as well as Ironwood and Edison. Several Intersections on Michigan Avenue in South Bend also see a high number of accidents during the winter months. The intersection of Cassopolis and Bristol keeps crews busy in Elkhart.

"The most dangerous places are at busy intersections when ice accumulates. People just don't stop soon enough and they end up sliding through and running into someone," says Indiana State Police officer Corey Sauer.

Less-traveled roads can also be dangerous.

"Your back-country roads are somewhat dangerous because they don't get hit by salt trucks and plows as often," warns Sauer.

Officials say all roads can be dangerous with a little snow or black ice, so the best advice is to slow down the next few days.

WINTER SAFE DRIVING TIPS

  • Accelerate gradually on ice or snow to avoid sliding.
  • Drive more slowly to avoid rear-end collisions.
  • Brake early and slowly.
  • Police also suggest having a winter survival kit in the car.

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