Authorities: Weather factor in fatal crash on snow-covered roads in western Michigan



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LEE TOWNSHIP, Michigan — A pipe that burst during Michigan's deep freeze is being blamed for flooding the lower levels of a mostly vacant 38-story building in downtown Detroit with 2 million gallons of water, and authorities say weather was a factor in a fatal crash on a snow-covered road in western Michigan.

Cindy Rosales, 40, was fatally injured when she lost control of her vehicle on a snow-covered road and spun into the path of an oncoming pickup truck Tuesday afternoon in Allegan County's Lee Township, spinning into the path of an oncoming pickup, the sheriff's department said. It said the Bangor-area woman wasn't wearing a seat belt and that also was a factor in her death.

The pickup driver had minor injuries.

Wednesday was a warmer day for most of the state, with high temperatures ranging from 27 at Lambertville and Three Rivers in the southern Lower Peninsula to zero at Houghton in northern upper Michigan.

Snow and wind made travel difficult Tuesday in parts of Michigan, forcing officials to shut down the Mackinac Bridge for several hours. There was near-zero visibility at the bridge from blowing snow and a multi-vehicle crash.

More cold weather and snow is in the forecast for Michigan in the coming days.

In Detroit, authorities pumped about 2 million gallons of water from the David Stott building as cleanup crews continued work Wednesday at the site.

The pipe burst earlier this week during bitterly cold temperatures in the city, leaving icicles hanging from portions of the interior of the building.

Shanghai-based DDI Group acquired the building, built in 1929, for $9.4 million in 2013. Company executive Kenneth M. Creighton said in a statement Wednesday that it was helping one of two remaining tenants relocate during repairs. The second tenant has been in eviction proceedings.

Creighton said DDI Group allowed other leases to expire as it studied "the feasibility of redevelopment or resale of the building."

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