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Mackinac Bridge reopened after crash, blowing snow

Associated Press

St. Ignace, Mich. – — Officials have reopened the Mackinac Bridge, which was closed for several hours Tuesday because of blowing snow and a multi-vehicle crash.

Traffic was allowed back on the 5-mile-long span around 2:20 p.m.

The bridge had been closed about five hours earlier after a crash involving eight vehicles.

Executive Secretary Bob Sweeney of the Mackinac Bridge Authority says the wreck happened on the causeway near the toll booths on the bridge’s north side in St. Ignace.

Sweeney says winds gusting up to 50 mph were blowing snow off the frozen Straits of Mackinac, making visibility poor.

Officers re-routed traffic and hundreds of vehicles were kept waiting on both sides of the bridge.