Local, county law enforcement responds to multiple accidents


IMLAY CITY —Imlay City Police Chief Brett Selby just happened to be in the right place at the right time early Monday morning while driving to work.

Shortly after 7 a.m., Chief Selby came up on an accident scene on Van Dyke Road (M-53) at the intersection of I-69.

Pictured above is one of the multiple vehicles involved in a crash south of Imlay City on Monday morning.

The Chief reported he was a few cars behind those involved. He said it appeared to him the stoplight at the intersection failed to cycle and an accident involving multiple vehicles resulted.

The incident is being investigated by the Lapeer County Sheriff”s Department.

According to Chief Selby, “one motorists appeared to be under the influence of something” and the vehicle he was driving “rear-ended another at the intersection. Kind of a chain-reaction thing,” the Chief said.

Detectiver Sgt. Jason Parks of the Lapeer County Sheriff’s Department said although it is still early in the investigation, “It involved multiple cars and a motorcycle (rear- end style). There were no serious or life threatening injuries associated.”

One of the vehicles was pulling an unloaded flat-bed trailer, according to Chief Selby, and struck a motorcyclist. He also said one of the vehicles involved ended up in a nearby woods with the occupant pinned in the vehicle.

Imlay City police and fire, along with Lapeer County EMS and Paul’s Towing all assisted the Sheriff Department at the scene.

Chief Selby was also in the vicinity of a crash on I-69 Friday when returning home from his day of work in Imlay City.

The Chief said he saw a cloud of dust that turned out to be a Cadillac Escalade pulling a 35-foot travel trailer that lost control.

According to the Chief, the vehicle and trailer jackknifed and rolled over, closing I-69 for several hours.

Sgt. Parks reported another crash on Friday, June 2 shortly after 10 a.m. when “there was a 2020 Freightliner (weight around 39,000 pounds) traveling eastbound on I-69 near the Newark Road overpass (Attica Township).”

The expressway was shut down for over five hours.

Sgt. Parks added, “The 56-year old male driver from Wixom (hauling for a company out of Illinois), stated to deputies that he fallen asleep. The semi-tractor struck a barrier and entered the median (departed to the roadway to the left).”

Deputies say the semi-tractor crossed over the median, both westbound lanes, and came to rest on the north side of the expressway.

According to the police report, only the barrier and semi-tractor were involved in the collision (no other vehicles). Injuries were not life threatening and the victim was transported by Lapeer County EMS to Mclaren Lapeer for treatment of injuries.

The driver was cited by deputies for the collision, Sgt. Parks said.