A 74-year-old Imlay City man is critically injured in the crash


GOODLAND TWP. — At around 5:19 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 17, a personal injury traffic crash involving a car and semi-truck was reported at the intersection of Van Dyke and Bowers Rd. north of Imlay City

The Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department reported that a 74-year-old Imlay City man was the driver and lone occupant of westbound 2002 Jeep.

According to the LCSD, the driver of the Jeep had stopped for the sign at the intersection.

When he entered the intersection, he struck the side of a southbound semi-tractor and trailer driven by a 43-year-old Otisville man, resulting in a broadside collision, with the axles separated from the tractor trailer.

The Imlay City man was transported to McLaren Lapeer Region Hospital, where he was in the Intensive Care Unit with life-threatening injuries.

The 43-year-old Otisville man was not injured.

LCSD Det./Sgt. Jason Parks reported that the roadway was closed for more than four hours (until just after 10 p.m.) for rescue and investigative purposes.

Det./Sgt. Parks said Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Imlay City Police Department, Michigan State Police- Lapeer Post, Imlay City Fire Department, Goodland Fire Department, Lapeer County EMS Ambulance Service, and the Lapeer County Reconstruction Team.

Parks added that a preliminary investigation suggests that excessive speed was not a factor in the crash.

He said Lapeer County Sheriff’s Deputies are continuing to investigate.

Tom Wearing started at the Tri-City Times in 1989, covering the Village of Capac as a beat reporter. He later served stints as assistant editor and editor. Today, he covers Imlay City and Almont as a staff writer. He enjoys music and plays drums and sings with various musical groups in the Detroit Metropolitan area.