November 22, 2019

Police say young man lucky to be alive after collision with semitrailer

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WEST BRANCH — Michigan State Police Trooper Shane Noble said a 17-year-old driver from Troy is lucky to be alive after colliding with a semitrailer at the intersection of M-33 and M-55 June 26.

“It is a miracle that he wasn’t killed,” Noble said.

Noble said the driver sustained serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

At approximately 7:50 a.m. emergency crews were called to the scene. Noble said the preliminary investigations show the semitruck was traveling westbound on M-55 with a green light when the 17-year-old male, who was traveling southbound on M-33, collided with the truck..

The pickup collided with the trailer of the semitruck and was reportedly dragged approximately 100 feet before the semitruck was able to come to a stop.

The 17-year-old was transported by Ogemaw County EMS to MidMichigan Medical Center-West Branch before being transported to another hospital closer to his home in Troy. The 41-year-old male from Arizona, who was the driver of the semitruck, was uninjured in the collision. Noble said initially it was believed the teenager would need to be airlifted. However, that was canceled shortly after evaluating his injuries.

Noble said the MSP were assisted on scene by the Ogemaw County Sheriff’s Office, Ogemaw Fire Department, Ogemaw EMS and the Ogemaw County Road Commission.

The intersection was closed until approximately 12 p.m. June 26 as crews worked to clear the scene.

The accident is still under investigation and no citations have been issued at this time.

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