On Thursday 03-03-2016 at 12:59 PM, Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Van Dyke (M-53) south of Peck Road in Brown City for an injury traffic crash involving a semi and vehicle.
Sanilac County Sheriff Garry Biniecki was the first to arrive and start rendered aid to the injured driver.
Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies established that traffic was restricted by Owen’s Tree Service to one lane due to work being performed along the roadway. There were warning signs posted and individuals (flag people) at each side.
Northbound traffic was stopped while southbound traffic proceeded in the south lane. A 2004 Pontiac Bonneville driven by a 57 year old female from Bad Axe was traveling north. The female improperly passed the stopped northbound cars on the right shoulder. The female subsequently reentered the roadway; crossed the center line; and struck a semi-tractor that was southbound. The semi was the last vehicle in a group of cars traveling southbound.
The 57 year old female from Bad Axe was found unconscious inside her vehicle and Brown City and Marlette Fire Department responded for extrication. The driver regained consciousness at the scene and was transported to McLaren- Lapeer. The driver was did not sustain serious injuries and was hospitalized for observation.
The semi-tractor was a 2013 Peterbilt that had an unloaded trailer attached. The 51 year old male driver from Lyons, Michigan was not injured. The driver advised that he dropped off his load of cattle grain feed in Bad Axe.
The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Michigan State Police Troopers and Motor Carrier Officers from the Lapeer Regional Post. Yakes Towing Service in North Branch responded to remove both the semi and vehicles which were disabled due to the crash. The closed roadway was reopened around 4:30 PM.
This case remains under investigation by the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Office. Neither alcohol nor drugs appeared to be contributing factors. Preliminary investigation suggest that both vehicles were traveling below the posted 55 MPH speed limit. The investigation when complete will be reviewed regarding applicable criminal law violations.