2 dead, others critical after van carrying disabled adults crashes
Two people have died and several others are critically injured after a van carrying disabled adults to a care facility was involved in a rollover crash Friday in Monroe County, police said.
Michigan State Police said a Ford van carrying nine passengers was traveling eastbound on Heiss Road around 2:30 p.m. when the driver attempted to cross Telegraph in Frenchtown Township, turning into the path of a Matco Tool truck traveling northbound.
Police said the impact caused the van to overturn and come to rest on its passenger side, trapping injured occupants inside.
A 60-year-old male passenger of the van was pronounced dead at the scene. Two others were airlifted to the hospital with critical injuries and six others were taken by ambulance to area hospitals with various injuries including serious and nonlife-threatening.
Later Friday, a 66-year-old woman who was a passenger in the van also died, MSP reported.
The tool truck lost control after the collision and came to a stop in a field on the west side of Telegraph. Police said the driver had the right of way.
The Ford van, carrying the seven disabled adults and two staff members from a care facility in Taylor, was traveling back from a dairy farm day trip when the accident occurred. Police declined Friday to release the name of the facility since all family had not been notified.
Telegraph Road was shut down for several hours while the Michigan State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit collected evidence and measured the scene. Investigators said neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash.
Troopers were assisted by personnel from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Frenchtown Township Fire Department, Monroe Community Ambulance, and Monroe County Road Commission.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Tpr. Christopher Hardaway of the Monroe Post at (734) 242-3500.