fatal crash

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.  

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A De Tour woman has been arrested in connection with a fatal Chippewa County traffic accident in December.  

The County Sheriff’s Office responded to the crash on east M-48 near East Townline Road on December 2.  A pickup had rolled over onto its top, trapping Benjamin Hilts, 35, of De Tour inside.  Fire personnel had to cut Hilts out of the truck.  He ultimately died of his injuries. 

HARRIS TOWNSHIP, MI--   An elderly Menominee County man has been killed in a traffic accident in Harris Township.

State Police from the Gladstone Post say it happened Thursday around 8:30 p.m. on US2/41 west of the 557 intersection. 

Witnesses say a westbound pickup truck driven by Wayne Miller, 84, of Spaulding crashed into the back of a tractor trailer that was making a left turn into a private drive.  Miller was pronounced dead at the scene.  The driver of the semi, a 52-year-old from Wilson, MI, was not injured.

LANSING, MI--   Governor Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff Wednesday, August 31 and Thursday, September 1 on all state buildings and within the state Capitol 

complex in honor of James Shelifoe, Jr. and Alan Swartz, firefighters with the Beartown Fire Department who died Saturday, August 27.

ANOKA, MN (AP)--   Minnesota prosecutors have charged a Baraga firefighter with two counts of criminal vehicular homicide in a crash that killed two fellow firefighters and injured seven more as they drove to Utah to fight a wildfire.

The criminal complaint against 28-year-old Michael Allen Johnson says he told investigators he had not slept in more than 24 hours except for a 45-minute nap early Saturday before the crash about 3 p.m. Saturday.

Lee Wall / KARE-TV

BLAINE, MN--    Officials have released the names of two Keweenaw Bay Indian Community firefighters who died in a crash in Blaine, Minnesota Saturday afternoon. 

Alan Swartz, 25, and James Shelifoe, Jr., 23, were killed and several others were injured when their truck drove off I-35, hit a median cable and rolled several times. 

The Tribe says those who suffered serious injuries included Ross Jaukkuri, Michael Johnson, Joseph Jossens, Gavin Loonsfoot, Shashaywin Sandman-Shelifoe, Tyler Tolonen, and David Varline.  They’re all expected to recover. 

UPDATE, 6/7/16:   Troopers have released the names of those involved in the crash.  They are Nicole Vanderlin, 22, of Vulcan; Rodney Nelson, 62, of Quinnesec; Randall Nelson, 58, of Quinnesec; and Patricia Gedvick, 53, of Vulcan.


BREITUNG TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two Dickinson County men are dead, following a three-vehicle crash in Breitung Township.

State Police from the Iron Mountain Post say it happened Monday around 4:20 p.m. on Breitung Cutoff Road near Hydraulic Falls Road.