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MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette man has been killed in a crash with a patrol car.

Tuesday around 4:10 p.m. State Police from the Negaunee Post were called to M-553 south of the Marquette Mountain ski hill. They say a Pontiac Vibe driven by Nathaniel Carpenter, 80, of Marquette was northbound when it crossed the centerline and hit a southbound Marquette City Police patrol car.

Carpenter was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer was taken to UPHS-Marquette, and is listed in stable condition.

ISHPEMING, MI--   The driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal accident on County Road 550 has been arrested.

Austin Mitchell, 21, of Ishpeming was taken into custody Wednesday on a charge of operating while intoxicated-causing death.

Mitchell and his passenger—21-year-old Jacob Weslin of Marquette—were traveling on 550 in the early morning hours of March 25 when the vehicle left the road, hit a power pole, and rolled over. Weslin was killed.

No court dates are available at this time.

UPDATE, 12/13/17, 4:50 pm:  The woman who died in the crash has been identified as Patricia Fitch, 82, of Escanaba. The driver of the semi is Jeffery Egge, 46, of Gillet, Wisconsin.


ESCANABA, MI--   One person has been killed in a traffic accident near Escanaba. 

Public Safety officials say it happened Tuesday around 4:25 p.m. on Lakeshore Drive near Airport Drive. They say a southbound semi tractor-trailer was stopped for a school bus when it was struck from behind by a pickup truck driven by an 82-year-old Escanaba woman. 

PICKFORD TOWNSHIP, MI--   A 52-year-old man has been killed in a car crash in Chippewa County.

Sheriff’s deputies say it happened Friday around 11:30 p.m. on Pea Line Road in Pickford Township. They say a vehicle driven by Robert Roy left the roadway and hit a parked horse trailer.

Roy was taken to War Memorial Hospital, where he later died.

Officials believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash, which remains under investigation.

Michigan State Police, the Kinross Police Department, and the U.S. Border Patrol assisted at the scene. 

ANOKA, MN--   A Baraga firefighter charged in the deaths of two people in a rollover crash in Minnesota has been sentenced. 

Michael Johnson, 29, was part of a crew of Beartown Firefighters from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. He was driving in a convoy headed to Utah to fight a wildfire in August of 2016 when the truck hit the median on I35W and rolled.

James Shelifoe and Alan Swartz died in the crash. Seven others were injured.

Johnson told to police he used cocaine and marijuana in the two days before the accident. He said he fell asleep at the wheel.

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   One person was killed in a car-semi crash in Delta County Monday.

Troopers from the Gladstone Post say it happened around 4:50 p.m. at the intersection of US-2 and Garden Corners. Investigation reveals Donald Kuhr, 61, of Rapid River failed to stop his car when he left the parking lot of Foxy’s Den. As Kuhr tried to turn westbound he was struck by an eastbound semi.

Kuhr was extricated from his vehicle by the “jaws of life” and taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, where he later died. The driver of the semi was treated and released.

ST. IGNACE, MI--   From Michigan State Police at the St. Ignace Post:

Due to a fatal traffic crash that occurred on US-2 near Gould City Rd, US-2 will be closed in both directions indefinitely between M-117 and M-77.  Traffic will be re-routed Via M-117, to M-28 to M-77 to US-2 for westbound traffic.  Eastbound traffic will be re-routed to M-77, to M-28 and back to US-2 via M-117. 

Motorists should expect lengthy delays due to traffic congestion.  

UPDATE, 5:35 pm:  The Marquette County Sheriff's Department has identified the driver of the vehicle as William King, 63, of Republic. It's believed that King recently moved to the area from Wisconsin. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The passenger was Brian Yelle, 53, of Republic. He was taken to UPHS Marquette, treated, and released.

Officials believe alcohol may have been a factor in the accident.


DELTA COUNTY, MI--   Two people were killed in a traffic crash in Delta County on Saturday. 

Around 9:50 a.m. Sheriff’s deputies were called to the intersection of US-2 & 41 and I Road. They say a vehicle driven by an 84-year-old man pulled onto the highway and into the path of a westbound vehicle. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

An 80-year-old female passenger was flown to UPHS Marquette, where she later died of her injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle was treated for his injuries at the scene and released.

No names have been released.

IRON COUNTY, MI--   A 14-year-old boy was the fatality in a traffic accident on US-2 near Wild River Road Wednesday.  

An SUV rear-ended an Iron County Road Commission grader that was clearing the shoulder of the road.  The driver, Angela Esbrook, 35, of Iron River, and two passengers—a 12-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy—were injured and taken to Aspirus Hospital.  Another passenger—Justin Henschel, 14—was pronounced dead at the scene.  The operator of the grader received only minor injuries. 

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.