Bates Township

BATES TOWNSHIP, MI--   Officials rushed to clean up diesel from US-2 in Iron County after a tractor leaked fuel on the highway Thursday. 

Troopers from the Iron Mountain Post responded around 1:10 p.m. near Larson Park in Bates Township. They say a tractor/truck with a full 81-gallon tank of diesel started to leak on the eastbound lane and shoulder of the highway.

The truck is owned by Hebert Construction out of Iron River. It was driven by a 58-year-old Iron River man.

Crews responded to the scene to contain the fuel and clean up the roadway.

BATES TOWNSHIP, MI--   The body of a missing Iron River man has been found in Iron County.

On Monday the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Iron River Police Department regarding a body discovered in a Bates Township lake.

Deputies responded and recovered the body of Jay Luckey, 47. Luckey was last seen October 24, 2018 in the Iron River area.

Investigation continues into the cause of Luckey’s death.

Michigan State Police also assisted in the case.

BATES TOWNSHIP, MI--   State Police from the Iron Mountain Post are investigating a fatal shooting in Iron County.

Troopers were dispatched March 23 to a Bates Township residence on a report of an accidental shooting. Preliminary investigation revealed a 20-year-old woman had suffered a fatal gunshot wound.

Her name is being withheld at the request of her family.

Troopers were assisted by Michigan State Police detectives, State Police Crime Lab personnel, and the Iron County Sheriff’s Office.

BATES TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Houghton man has been killed in an Iron County crash between a passenger car containing three brothers and a semi.  

Troopers from the Iron Mountain Post say the accident happened Wednesday around 1 p.m. on Bates Amasa Road near Paulson Road in Bates Township. 

Preliminary investigation indicates a 16-year-old male driver from Houghton failed to negotiate a curve, lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line, and hit a semi tractor-trailer. 

BATES TOWNSHIP, MI--   An Iron River woman has been killed in a traffic accident involving a plow.  

Troopers from the Iron Mountain Post say the crash happened around 6:15 Wednesday morning on US-2 and Sunset Lake Road in Bates Township.  They say 49-year-old Kristine McKinzey lost control of her vehicle on the snowy and slippery roadway, crossed into the path of a county plow truck, and was hit. 

The driver of the plow, 22-year-old Ethan Amerson of Iron River, was not injured.

BATES TOWNSHIP, MI--   An Iron River woman has been killed in a traffic accident involving a plow.  

Troopers from the Iron Mountain Post say the crash happened around 6:15 Wednesday morning on US-2 and Sunset Lake Road in Bates Township.  They say 49-year-old Kristine McKinzey lost control of her vehicle on the snowy and slippery roadway, crossed into the path of a county plow truck, and was hit. 

The driver of the plow, 22-year-old Ethan Amerson of Iron River, was not injured.

BATES TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person is injured, following an ORV accident in Iron County. 

The Sheriff’s Department says the crash happened Saturday around 3 p.m. on Trail #16 near Wagner Lake in Bates Township.  Deputies say a 29-year-old Palatine, Illinois, man drove off the marked trail, went into a heavily wooded ravine, and came to rest against a stand of trees. 

The driver was taken to North Star Hospital in Iron River with several non-life-threatening injuries.  He was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.