CHEBOYGAN, MI – Cheboygan County-Sheriff Dale Clarmont stated his department along with the Tuscarora Township Police Department and the Michigan State police were busy Saturday, January 7th, 2017 policing upwards of two dozen accidents on I-75 from Riggsville Rd to south of Indian River due to a storm system that settled in causing whiteout conditions and slippery roads between 10:00am and 3:00pm.
“Due to the continuous accidents on I-75 it was shut down for a time for safety of all officers and to clear the vehicles off the expressway” said Clarmont. “At one point we had all available tow companies in the area assisting to get I-75 cleared.”
There were several damaged vehicles from running into each other due to visibility and several more that slid off into the ditch areas along with more going into the median and ditch to avoid accidents already on the roadway.
“It was a very dangerous situation for all officers and travelers alike with accidents happening around them as they were policing other accidents” said Clarmont. The Sheriff stated that drivers need to adhere to the conditions they are in. “When conditions get that poor it is recommended drivers exit the freeway until conditions clear and to slow down.”
One of the accidents involved Avery Yarbrough, 20-years-old, from Macomb County, driving a 2004 Ford Ranger when he was north bound on I-75 south of Indian River at 10:30 a.m. Yarbrough lost control entered the median and rolled over into several trees becoming trapped in his vehicle. He was extricated with the Jaws of Live by the Tuscarora Township Fire Department and transported to McLaren Petoskey by Cheboygan Life Support Systems in serious condition.
Also assisting was the Topinabee and Inverness Fire Departments.