Traffic snarled on M-53; no injuries reported


Heavy equipment was brought in to help clean-up the mess left on the roadway after a semi-truck slammed in to the overpass.

IMLAY CITY — For the second week in a row, traffic on M-53 (Van Dyke) was slowed due to an accident near the CN railway overpass.

Around 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, Imlay City police officers were dispatched to the railroad overpass, between Second and Third St, for a report of a loaded semi-truck having struck the bridge.

Officers arrived and found a one vehicle accident and quickly made contact with the driver, the only person inside the cab, checking for possible injuries.

Police say the man was traveling south bound M-53 (Cedar St.) with a load of product, “that was clearly miscalculated for it’s height”, according to a police report.

In a press release, Chief Brett Selby said speed does not appear to be a factor. The Chief said the CN bridge clearly displays a MDOT height sign of 13’ 7”. The semi carrier, based out of Cannelburg Indiana, was not from the area and was not injured as a result of the crash.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash or damages in the incident.

The items that struck the bridge and fell to the west side of the state highway were heavy technical machinery made by Siemens.

Police say the estimated damage was between $250,000 and $300,00.

Crews from the Imlay City DPW and Lapeer County Road Commission assisted in the clean-up that lasted several hours, police said.

Motorists were temporarily inconvenienced and diverted around the scene with the assistance of officers while the debris was picked up off the roadway in both north bound and southbound lanes of M-53.

The investigation is ongoing and violations are pending.