On Friday 10-26-2012 at 10:56 AM, Lapeer County Sheriffs Deputies responded to an injury traffic crash involving a passenger car and semi on Van Dyke (M-53) south of Bowers Road in Imlay City (Imlay Township).
Lapeer County Sheriffs Deputy William Osborne arrived at 10:58 AM. A fire erupted within the occupied passenger car and unoccupied semi tractor. The fierce fire could not be contained by Deputy Osborne and Imlay City Police Officer Joe Deluca prior to Imlay City Fire and Rescue arriving. The driver and lone occupant of the passenger vehicle ERIC EASTERLING was pronounced deceased at the scene.
EASTERLING was traveling north on Van Dyke operating a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. EASTERLING approached a vehicle traveling in the same direction that was slowing/stopping upon the roadway preparing for a left turn. EASTERLING passed the turning vehicle on the right traveling upon the gravel roadway shoulder. Upon reentering the traveled portion of the roadway, EASTERLING lost control and his vehicle entered a counter-clockwise rotation.
EASTERLING’S vehicle crossed the centerline into the south bound lane in front of a 1999 Volvo Semi operated by RONALD HAAG age 53 from Minden City. The collision was broadside with the front of the semi contacting the passenger side of the car. Vehicles remained attached and entered the west side ditch coming to rest. HAAG exited his tractor before the fire erupted. HAGG was not injured and declined medical treatment.
The Lapeer County Sheriff s Office was assisted at the scene by Imlay City Police Department, Michigan State Police Troopers and Motor Carriers, Goodland Township Fire, Imlay City Fire and Rescue, and Young’s Environmental Service. Van Dyke was reopened for normal vehicular traffic around 2:30 PM.
Neither alcohol nor drugs are believed to be factors in this fatal traffic crash which remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff s Office.