Storm toll: 3 die after shoveling 2 in crashes

Michigan authorities say the heavy snow and deep freeze are a factor in at least five deaths - two people who were killed in traffic accidents and three who collapsed after shoveling snow.

The Oakland County medical examiner's office in Pontiac says three people died Saturday and Sunday after shoveling snow.

Office Administrator Robert Gerds tells the Detroit Free Press that a 36-year-old Detroit man died at an Oakland County hospital after collapsing Sunday.

Gerds says a 57-year-old Milford man died Saturday after collapsing while shoveling snow as did a 67-year-old Pontiac woman.

State police say a 16-year-old driver hit 50-year-old pedestrian Timothy Nixon of Hastings on Saturday in Barry County's Baltimore Township.

And 27-year-old Branden Hewitt of Owendale died Saturday in a two-vehicle crash in Huron County's Brookfield Township.