IMLAY CITY — Monday afternoon's (Nov. 26) unexpected snow storm had local police and emergency crews scrambling to keep up with dozens of emergency calls.
Imlay City Police Chief Arlan Winslow said Lapeer County's 911 Central Dispatch received 73 calls between the hours of 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., creating an overload for emergency personnel countywide.
Winslow said motorists may not have been prepared for the wintry conditions so early in the season.
A steady and somewhat sudden snowfall blankets old M-21, slowing traffic and prompting a number of mishaps on area roads on Monday. photo by Maria Brown.
"People need to remind themselves that they need to slow down and be extra cautious," he said. "There was a time when we pretty much ran out of available police cars, ambulances and wreckers."
Winslow said Imlay City police officers were busy responding to weather-related emergency calls within their jurisdiction Monday afternoon.
At around 3:48 p.m., Imlay City police responded to a personal injury accident on M-53 (Van Dyke), south of Bowers Road.
Winslow said Ashley Younge, 20, of Imlay City, was southbound in a 1995 Chrysler 4-door, when she lost control and struck a northbound 2000 Ford pickup driven by Paul Smith, 74, of Attica. Smith was transported to Lapeer Regional Medical Center by Lapeer EMS for the treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Winslow pointed out that a 1-year-old baby, secured in a child safety seat in the rear of Younge's vehicle, was uninjured in the crash.
At 6:17 p.m., Imlay City police were called to another personal injury accident at the intersection of M-53 and Newark Road.
Although details of the accident were incomplete at press time, Winslow said Jorge Cardines was hurt when he attempted to turn left onto Newark and was struck by a southbound vehicle driven by Katherine Lippman.
Cardines was transferred to Lapeer Regional Medical Center by Lapeer EMS.
In Dryden, Chief Larry Pack said his officers kept busy on Monday afternoon too. Several cars couldn't navigate the curves on Rochester Rd. and others weren't able to make it up the hills at Bishop and Dryden roads and Thornville and Dryden roads.
"We called a wrecker for them or told them to turn around," Pack said.
A motorist also lost control on Hosner Rd. and ended up in a swamp.