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Michigan's Most Dangerous Intersection in Winter is in Kent County

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Grand Rapids car accident lawyerKENTWOOD -- Drive 44th Street through the intersection of Eastern Avenue on the southern border of Grand Rapids during the winter and you can say you've survived the slickest intersection in Kent County, according to the Grand Rapids Press.

The intersection had the third-highest number of crashes in ice and snow in Michigan in 2016, and also had the most crashes in all of Michigan in those conditions throughout the last five years.

The crossing on the busy east-west 44th Street corridor that links the Gerald R. Ford International Airport to U.S. 131 is one of the first priorities to be cleared in the wintertime, according to public works officials.

In the past five years, the intersection has seen the most crashes in snow and ice than any other in Michigan. There were 68 crashes in those slick conditions from 2012 to 2016, according to Michigan State Police data.

According to data collected by the Michigan State Police, here are how many crashes occur in snow, ice and slushy conditions within a 200-foot radius of the intersection:

  • 2016: 10
  • 2015: 15
  • 2014: 15
  • 2013: 23
  • 2012: 5

Though 44th and Eastern rises to the top of the list for the number of wintery crashes in Kent County, it's not a deadly one.

No one was injured during crashes at the intersection on icy and snowy roads in 2015, 2014 or 2013, according to a review of incident reports. Reports from 2016 were not yet available.

Data was collected from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning.

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