2017-04-20 / Front Page

Police investigating fatal off-road crash


FATAL CRASH ON TRAIL A modified Jeep Wrangler lies on its side on Trail 6 in Backus Township April 15. A 48-year-old Gladwin man, one of four occupants in the vehicle when the crash occurred at around 7:15 p.m., was killed in the accident. (Photo courtesy of the Michigan State Police) FATAL CRASH ON TRAIL A modified Jeep Wrangler lies on its side on Trail 6 in Backus Township April 15. A 48-year-old Gladwin man, one of four occupants in the vehicle when the crash occurred at around 7:15 p.m., was killed in the accident. (Photo courtesy of the Michigan State Police) State Police from the Houghton Lake Post are investigating a roll­over crash that claimed the life of a 48-year-old Gladwin man April 15.

According to an MSP press re­lease dated the same day, the crash occurred on Trail 6 in Backus Town­ship at approximately 7:15 p.m. A 27-year-old male driver from Cedar was operating a “heavily modified Jeep Wrangler” when he lost control upon striking a tree along the trail.

The vehicle rolled over and all four occupants were ejected. The driver and a 21-year-old female pas­senger from Gladwin were transport­State ed to West Branch Regional Medical Center by Denton Township Ambu­lance with non-life threatening inju­ries, along with a 51-year-old female passenger from Gladwin, who was listed in critical condition.

Preliminary investigation indi­cated that seat belts were not being worn by any of the occupants of the vehicle at the time of the crash, and alcohol is believed to be a factor.

Sgt. David Johnson said that the incident is still under investigation, and that no arrests had been made as of the morning of April 19.

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