2018-03-11 / Police Beat

Brown City-area teens hurt in crash with semi-truck

BY PHIL FOLEY
810-452-2616 • pfoley@mihomepaper.com


Two Brown City-area teenagers were injured when their vehicle turned into the path of a semi-truck on Burnside Road. 
Photo courtesy Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. Two Brown City-area teenagers were injured when their vehicle turned into the path of a semi-truck on Burnside Road. Photo courtesy Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. BURNSIDE TWP. — Lapeer County Sheriff’s Dept. deputies are still trying to figure out why a Jeep turned in front of a semitruck hauling auto parts midday Thursday causing a crash that sent two Brown City-area teens to local hospitals.

Det./Sgt. Jason Parks said a 16-year-Brown City girl had picked up a 14-year-old male friend at his home on Butternut Road, west of Brown City, and stopped at the stop sign on Butternut Road at Burnside Road at 12:01 p.m. The driver of a 2016 Volvo semi-truck, a 24-year-old Kitchener, Ontario, Canada man, headed west on Burnside Road told Parks he hit the brakes and swerved to the left, trying to avoid the Jeep but struck it broadside with both vehicles ending up in the ditch.

Neither the semi driver nor his passenger, a 23-year-old New York, Ontario man, were injured.

Parks said the impact pushed the driver’s side door 18 inches into the vehicle. He said the 14-year-old was unconscious when rescuers arrived. Firefighters from Brown City and Goodland Township were able to free the 14-year-old from the wreckage fairly quickly, but it to took more than an hour to get the 16-year-old out of the Jeep, Parks said.

The 16-year-old was taken to McLaren Lapeer Region with non-life-threatening injuries. The 14-year-old, Parks said, was initially taken to Marlette Regional Hospital, but later transferred by Marlette Ambulance to Hurley Medical Center in Flint, where he remains in serious but stable condition.

Parks said the accident scene is flat, open country with no obstructions. He said there was a moderate wind and light snow at the time of the crash. He added neither alcohol nor speed appear to have been factors.

Parks hopes to be able to speak with the teens over the weekend.

The semi-truck driver, Parks said, had just made a delivery of auto parts to a Brown City business and were on their way to Texas to complete their delivery at the time of the accident.

Traffic on Burnside Road was restricted for three hours while rescue efforts and investigation was underway. He added it took Yake’s Towing another two hours to remove the vehicles.

Deputies were assisted by the Brown City Fire Dept., Goodland Township Fire Dept., Brown City Police Dept., troopers from the Michigan State Police Post in Lapeer and Marlette Ambulance.

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