Halloween morning rainy, crash-filled in Metro Detroit
Halloween 2018 is off to a rainy start in Metro Detroit, and the area's freeway system was dotted with car crashes as the morning commute began.
About ½ of rain is expected in the area Wednesday, said National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Richter.
But the rain will "move through pretty quick" and be gone by noon. There is a "little chance" of more rain in the early afternoon, but the night is expected to be a dry one for trick-or-treaters.
The Michigan Department of Transportation's Mi Drive Map, which allows users to view freeway cameras and determine where construction and crash sites are on the freeway system, showed three crashes on northbound I-75 north in the early 7 a.m. hour, crashes on I-96 at Davison and Livernois, and four crashes on I-94.
Wrote Lt. Mike Shaw, a Michigan State Police spokesman and commander, on his Twitter feed: "Let’s slow it down people! The cost to replace a car and pay a traffic ticket is scary."
A four-vehicle rollover crash on 75 north, at Seven Mile, just before 6 a.m., required a 28-year-old woman to be extricated from her vehicle, the Detroit Fire Department confirmed. She is being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The freeway was never fully closed; traffic proceeded on the right shoulder, and by 7 a.m., the freeway was reopened altogether.
Halloween night will be "pretty average," weather-wise, with highs in the mid-50s. Richter said the average high temperature for Halloween is 56 degrees. Last year was on the cool side, with highs in the upper 40s and some rain.