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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person was killed in a single-vehicle crash in Portage Township on Friday.

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office says it happened around 2:30 p.m. on Superior Road near Boundary Road. 

Steven Long, 59, of Portage Township apparently overcorrected his vehicle. It crossed the roadway, entered a ditch and struck a culvert. The vehicle then bounced over a driveway and into a yard about 75 feet before it hit a tree.

Long was pronounced dead at the scene. Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

STEPHENSON, WI--   The Marinette County Sheriff’s Office says a Wisconsin woman has died from injuries sustained in a two-vehicle accident last month.  

On May 29 around 5:50 p.m. a vehicle was northbound on CTH-A near Jazwinski Road in the town of Stephenson. It entered the shoulder, lost control, crossed the centerline, and hit a southbound vehicle.

UPDATE, 5/20/19:  Police have released the names of those involved in the crash.

The two females who were pronounced dead at the scene were Lauren Powless, 18, and Madeline Jackson, 15. Zachery Hammon, 20, survived the accident.

No other information is being released at this time.


IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two teens were killed in a single-vehicle crash in Gogebic County Saturday.

NEGAUNEE, MI--   Officials have identified the individuals involved in a fatal crash in Negaunee Sunday.

City Police say just before 4 p.m. a van driven by Gerald Kippola, 69, of Ishpeming was eastbound on County Road.  The van struck a Chevy Impala driven by William Tull, 29, of Negaunee head-on.

Kippola was taken to UPHS-Marquette for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Tull had to be extricated from his vehicle by the Negaunee Fire Department. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash remains under investigation.

ST. IGNACE, MI--   The Marquette community is mourning two residents killed in a St. Ignace traffic accident Friday.

Jacob Johnson, 18, was the driver of a car that struck a pickup truck driven by Meghann Colegrove, 28, of St. Ignace around noon on North State Street.

Front seat passenger Will Johnson, 22, was taken to Mackinac Straits Hospital, where he later died. Jacob was taken to McClaren Northern Michigan Hospital in Petoskey. He succumbed to his injuries on Sunday.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   State police from the Negaunee post are investigating a fatal traffic accident in Negaunee Township. 

Troopers were called Thursday to US-41 near Brebner Road. Preliminary investigation indicates a Toyota Avalon driven by an 81-year-old Sands Township man was eastbound when he tried to turn left. He drove into the path of a westbound Chevy Colorado pickup driven by a 57-year-old man from Champion.

A 78-year-old woman in the Avalon was killed in the crash.

Both drivers were taken to UPHS-Marquette for treatment.

DOYLE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Gulliver man has died in a single-vehicle accident in Schoolcraft County.

Michigan State Police from the Manistique Detachment say it happened Wednesday around 5:30 p.m. on Port Inland Road just south of US-2 in Doyle Township. They say a vehicle driven by Paul McGahan, 57, of Gulliver was southbound when it left the roadway, went into the ditch, and struck a tree.

McGahan was taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

BARAGA TOWNSHIP, MI--    A L’Anse man was killed in a two-vehicle accident in Baraga Township Thursday.

Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched around 5:50 a.m. to US-41 north of Menge Creek Road on a report of a head-on crash. Investigation revealed a southbound Toyota SUV driven by Lisa Zasadnyj, 37, of L’Anse was hit head-on by a northbound Nissan van driven by James Turriff, 31, also of L’Anse.

Zasadnyj was taken to Baraga County Memorial Hospital for treatment. Turriff was pronounced dead at the scene.

CALUMET, MI--   A Calumet traffic crash Thursday was caused by a medical event. 

That’s according to the Michigan State Police, who were dispatched to Fourth and Scott streets around 5:15 p.m. They say Jeffrey Ruona, 56, of Calumet was driving when he suffered a medical emergency. The vehicle accelerated, left the roadway, hit a parked vehicle, then came to rest against a fence.

Ruona was unresponsive when witnesses got to him. Emergency personnel attempted lifesaving measures at the scene.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI--   A Chippewa County woman has been killed in a two-vehicle accident in Pickford Township. 

Michigan State Police from the Sault Ste. Marie Post say the crash happened Tuesday morning around 5:45 at the intersection of M-129 and M-80. They say a vehicle driven by Michael Steel, 57, of Detour Village was northbound on

M-129 when he tried to turn into a gas station at the corner of M-80. He was struck by a southbound vehicle driven by Cody Hoornstra, 24, of Brimley.