Tragedy on road claims lives of teens

This week, the Iron Mountain Daily News reported the tragic loss of two Kingsford High School seniors killed in a crash Saturday.

Authorities said Taylor Bosley, 18, was driving north on M-95 near the Marquette County line when she lost control of the vehicle and crossed the center line, colliding with a southbound vehicle.

Both Bosley and 17-year-old Jolene Treml were pronounced dead at the crash site.

We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families at this time. We cannot imagine the pain you are enduring. But, the Upper Peninsula is a community with a strong bond, and you should know that you are in the thoughts and prayers of many.

As the article implied, these were two very bright, beautiful and ambitious girls who had their whole lives ahead of them.

The article stated Treml and Bosley were on their way to a high school hockey game at the time of the crash. As we know, one of the greatest challenges U.P. residents face during the winter months is that road conditions can change as quickly as the weather does, and they often become very unpredictable.

Some statistics from the website truly illustrate the need for caution when driving during the winter months:

•According to the Federal Highway Administration, 70 percent of the nation’s roads are located in snowy regions.

•Nearly 70 percent of the U.S. population lives in these snowy regions.

•About 70 percent of the accidental deaths that occur in the wintertime happen in automobiles.

We want to remind readers that caution comes first and foremost when dealing with Michigan roads, especially during winter months.

The FHA said speeds are reduced by 3 to 13 percent in light snow and by 5 to 40 percent or more in heavy snow and ice, depending on how bad conditions are.

As reported in a 2016 article by the Detroit Free Press, Michigan had the highest yearly average nationwide for winter weather-related crash fatalities from 2011 to 2013.

In the wake of this tragedy, we must remind travelers to give themselves plenty of extra driving time when bad weather strikes.

Even the most experienced drivers can be caught off-guard in snow and ice.