M-28

MARQUETTE, MI--   An NMU fraternity member hit by a vehicle during a charity event November 2 faces a long recovery time.

WLUC-TV reports Leo Maiorana is a 23-year-old sophomore and a member of Tau Kappa Epsilon. He was pushing a bathtub along M-28 near Shelter Bay as a fundraiser for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital when a car hit a safety vehicle behind him. Maiorana was struck by the safety vehicle and thrown from the scene.  

CHIPPEWA TOWNSHIP, MI--   Chippewa County’s Sheriff has suffered serious injuries in a two-vehicle crash in Chippewa Township. 

Troopers from the Sault Ste. Marie Post say it happened Saturday around 7:10 p.m. on M-28 near Salt Point Road. An eastbound vehicle driven by Paul Sitz of Ramsey, Minnesota crossed the centerline and tried to turn into a parking lot. It pulled into the path of a westbound vehicle driven by Sheriff Michael Bitnar of Rudyard, who was off-duty at the time.

MUNISING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation is holding a meeting Tuesday to discuss a roundabout project and the reconstruction of M-28 in Munising next year. 

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   No serious injuries were reported in a Chocolay Township traffic accident Monday morning.

Marquette County Sheriff’s deputies say it happened just before 8 a.m. on M-28 near Wintergreen Trail. A Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Faye Williams of Marquette exited a private drive to head westbound on the highway when he pulled into the path of an eastbound Subaru Baja Sport driven by Helen Nelson of Baraga.

Both drivers were transported to UPHS-Marquette for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

SENEY TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Seney Stretch is reopen, following a multiple-vehicle pileup Sunday.

Around 12:15 pm Michigan State Police from the Negaunee Post responded to a crash on M-28 about five miles west of Seney. Troopers say a westbound Subaru driven by a 67-year-old Traverse City man rear-ended a Ford pickup truck pulling a covered trailer driven by a 41-year-old Thompson, Ohio man. The Subaru then crossed the centerline and was broadsided by an eastbound Buick driven by a 52-year-old Royal Oak man.

UPDATE:  The victim is identified as George L Hansen, 82, of Wisconsin.

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WETMORE, MI--   A snowmobiler has been struck and killed by a vehicle in Alger County.

The Sheriff’s Office says it happened around 8:25 Friday morning in Wetmore. Reports indicate a snowmobile was crossing M-28 near Knox Street when it drove into the path of an eastbound vehicle.

The operator of the snowmobile was taken to UPHS-Marquette, where he succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the vehicle that struck the snowmobile was not injured.

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   Chocolay Township Police are asking for the public’s help in finding some stolen water rescue equipment. 

Recently several items were taken from rescue stations at the first and second turnouts on M-28.  They include an orange and white throw ring marked Property of CTFD in black paint and two water rescue cans, similarly marked.

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.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI--   The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office says hazardous winter weather caused numerous accidents Thursday.

In Raco, a semi had slowed down for other traffic on M-28 when it was rear-ended by a pickup truck. The driver and passenger of the pickup were injured and taken to War Memorial Hospital for treatment.

At virtually the same time a snowmobile accident on Trail #8 killed a downstate man.

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person was taken to the hospital, following a head-on crash in Chocolay Township.

Chocolay Police responded around 8:25 p.m. Tuesday to M-28 near Lakewood Lane. Both vehicles suffered extensive damage and had to be towed from the scene.

The driver of the eastbound vehicle was taken to UPHS-Marquette for treatment. The driver of the westbound vehicle was not injured.

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