2014-02-27 / Front Page

Pile-up wreaks havoc on U.S. 2 last week


Traffic is shown backed up on U.S. 2 after a 16-vehicle crash Friday. 
Pioneer Tribune photo Traffic is shown backed up on U.S. 2 after a 16-vehicle crash Friday. Pioneer Tribune photo GARDEN CORNERS – A 16-vehicle crash resulted in the closure of a portion of U.S. Highway 2 and multiple injuries Friday. The crash occurred just west of County Road 183, also known as Garden Corners.

According to a press release from the Michigan State Police, troopers from the Gladstone and St. Ignace posts, along with deputies from the Delta County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene of the accident at approximately 10:07 a.m.

Troopers believe the eastbound portion of the crash occurred when a van rear-ended a tractor trailer and spun out in the lane of travel. The van was then hit by another eastbound vehicle. As the occupants of the van were attempting to exit the vehicle, it was hit by a second tractor-trailer, throwing occupants into the air and causing several injuries.

Other vehicles proceeded to collide with the vehicles in the lane of travel, while some went into a nearby snow bank to avoid collision. In the westbound lane at the same location, three trucks were stopped in the roadway. A westbound tractor-trailer collided with the last truck and pushed it into the snow bank. It then collided with the second truck in line and pushed it into the first truck

Blowing snow at the crash scene created white-out conditions with zero visibility, resulting in three tractor-trailers and at least 13 passenger vehicles involved in the pile up.

At least seven people were treated for injuries at OSF St. Francis, Schoolcraft Memorial and Marquette General hospitals. Some of the injuries were severe, however none appeared to be life threatening. U.S. 2 was closed for approximately six hours while the scene was cleared.

Assisting at the scene were Rampart EMS, Tri-Star EMS, Manistique EMS, Nahma Township Fire Department, Garden Fire Department, Inwood Township Fire Department, Thompson Township Fire Department, Gene’s Towing, Bay de Noc Towing, Renze Towing and TKL Towing.

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