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The Latest: Spring snow leaves some Michigan roads deadly

April 04, 2018 - 12:39 PM

GAYLORD, Mich. - The Latest on a spring snowstorm dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula (all times local):

3:30 p.m.

At least four traffic deaths have been blamed on an early spring storm that dumped a foot of snow or more across parts of Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula.

National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Boguth says snow began falling Tuesday, but picked up in intensity early Wednesday morning leaving roads slick and hazardous.

Boguth says 2 to 3 inches of snow fell an hour in some areas and that water on wet roads froze as temperatures fell.

The traffic fatalities include a 17-year-old Ionia girl who was killed Wednesday morning in a two-car crash on a snowy and slushy highway in Bengal Township, north of Lansing. Two other people were hurt in the crash.

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2:45 p.m.

A 17-year-old Ionia girl has been killed in a two-car crash on a snowy and slushy mid-Michigan highway.

The Clinton County sheriff's office says the teen was a passenger in a 2003 Chrysler that lost control about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in Bengal Township, north of Lansing.

The vehicle crossed the centerline and was struck broadside by another vehicle. The 17-year-old was pronounced dead at the scene.

The 16-year-old driver of the Chrysler and the 59-year-old driver of the second vehicle were taken to a Lansing hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Sheriff's officials say the crash is under investigation.

At least four traffic deaths in Michigan have been blamed on poor road conditions from the early spring snow storm.

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2:30 p.m.

A spring storm that dumped up to 14 inches (35 centimetres) of snow on parts of Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula is being blamed in at least four traffic deaths.

The Kalkaska Sheriff's Office says the weather and road conditions were factors when a tree care service truck went out of control, crossed a highway median and struck an SUV, killing 51-year-old Betty Lou-Korson of Williamsburg on Tuesday. Three other people were injured.

Authorities say the weather and road conditions also contributed to three mid-Michigan traffic deaths Tuesday.

The Gladwin County Sheriff's Office says 74-year-old Joan Fisher and her 50-year-old son, Brian Scherzer, died following a crash Tuesday in Buckeye Township.

The Midland County Sheriff's Office says 56-year-old Kathleen Pomranky of Coleman when she lost control of her vehicle and collided with another in Warren Township.

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10:41

A spring storm dumped more than a foot of snow in parts of Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula, creating hazardous road conditions and blamed in at least three traffic deaths.

The Gladwin County sheriff's office in mid-Michigan says 74-year-old Joan Fisher and her 50-year-old son, Brian Scherzer, died following a Tuesday crash in Buckeye Township. Investigators say weather conditions and speed were believed to be factors.

The National Weather Service says Gladwin County got at least 4 inches (10 centimetres) of snow. Up to 14 inches (35.5 centimetres) of snow were reported further north.

Separately, the Midland County sheriff's office says 56-year-old Kathleen Pomranky of Coleman died in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday night in mid-Michigan's Warren Township. An initial investigation found she lost control of her vehicle on icy roads.

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