fatal crash

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.

MASONVILLE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Police have released the names of the drivers involved in a fatal crash in Delta County on Saturday. 

Around 4:10 a.m. State Police from the Gladstone Post were dispatched to US-41 near S.15 Road in Masonville Township. A southbound car driven by Sean Lake, 21, of L’Anse crossed the centerline and hit a semi head-on. The truck was driven by Brandon Belanger, 27, of Escanaba. Both vehicles burst into flames.

Lake was pronounced dead at the scene. Belanger was taken to St. Francis Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

DUNCAN TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Baraga woman was killed in a three-vehicle crash in Houghton County Friday. 

Michigan State Police from the Calumet Post say it happened around 1:45 p.m. on M-28, approximately two miles west of Sidnaw. A Honda Accord driven by Roberta Vizina, 72, of Baraga was westbound when it rear-ended a Toyota Highlander driven by Karen Moller, 59, of Eveleth, Minnesota. Moller was stopped because of road construction. Her vehicle then rear-ended a tractor-trailer driven by Garrett Ayotte, 49, of downstate Bad Axe.

BESSEMER, MI--   A Wakefield man has been killed in a traffic accident in Bessemer. 

The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office says it happened Thursday afternoon on US-2 near Fairview Drive. Deputies say Rex Smith, 41, of Wakefield was eastbound when he lost control of his vehicle and spun into the westbound lanes. He hit a vehicle driven by Alvin Liikanen, 86, of Ironwood.

Liikanen and his 87-year-old passenger Barbara Liikanen were taken to Aspirus Ironwood Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

UPDATE:  The driver of the Ford pickup, Carl Patrick McBroom, 34, of Vulcan, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Acadia, Donald Joseph LeBombard, 66, of Vulcan, was pronounced dead on arrival at Dickinson County Memorial Hospital. The passenger in the Acadia, Sheryl Ann LeBombard, 61, is in stable condition at St. Vincent Hospital in Green Bay, WI.

The driver of the Chevy Impala, Troy Anthony Turini, 33, of Vulcan and his 3-year-old daughter were not injured.


UPDATE:  Ishpeming Police say the driver of the Navigator was Terry Orlich, 64, of Marquette.  He was not injured. The driver of the LeSabre, Robert Emanuelson, 85, of Champion, was injured. Carrie Emanuelson, 82, of Champion--a passenger in the LeSabre--died at the scene.


ISHPEMING, MI--   One person has been killed in a two-vehicle crash in Ishpeming.