Accident closes PM Highway at U.S. 31, man seriously injured
PERE MARQUETTE TWP. — Pere Marquette Highway was closed because of a three-vehicle accident around 9 a.m. Tuesday morning near U.S. 31.
The driver of the Toyota Camery involved in the accident is a 62-year-old Scottville man who sustained sustained serious injuries and was flown to a downstate hospital for additional treatment. The driver of the asphalt truck was treated at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the UPS truck was uninjured.
According to Steve Hansen of the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, an accident reconstruction specialist, a blue Toyota Camry heading north crossed the center line of Pere Marquette Highway beneath the north overpass of U.S. 31. A loaded Rieth-Riley semi heading south moved to try to avoid the car. However, the truck and car struck each other with the car sustaining damage to the driver’s side door and front end.
An UPS delivery truck was behind the Rieth-Riley truck. As the Camry spun from the initial impact, the driver of UPS truck also tried to avoid the Camry, but the truck, too, struck the car in the car’s front end.
Both the Rieth-Riley and the UPS delivery trucks overturned because of the accident. The Rieth-Riley semi was carrying a full load of gravel, and it spilled over the roadway.
The driver of the Camry was extricated by the Ludington Jaws of Life, and he was treated by Life EMS at the scene and eventually taken to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.
Sheriff Kim Cole said Pere Marquette Highway will be closed until at least 4 p.m. Tuesday.