Double fatal crash in Harris Township

MENOMINEE – Two people died Monday in a two-vehicle accident in Menominee County’s Harris Township.

Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks said that the drivers, 35-year-old Curtis Joel Grondin of Wilson and 29-year-old Lee James Polfus of Escanaba, were both pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash occurred at 7:27 p.m. on County Road 557.

Marks said that Polfus was driving a mini van south when he crossed the center line and struck a northbound pick up truck operated by Grondin.

Preliminary investigation showed that alcohol consumption, speed, and slippery road conditions may have been factors in the accident, said Marks.

Marks added that a small, short-haired, white dog was found alive in Grondin’s vehicle and transported to a veterinarian in Wilson for evaluation and definitive emergency care. The dog’s condition is unknown.

County Road 557 was closed to traffic for about five hours to allow for the extrication process and crash investigation.

Marks noted that the roadway was covered with snow and ice at the time of the crash.

The accident remains under investigation.

Responding agencies included Hermansville Rescue EMS, Rampart Paramedics EMS, Menominee County Medical Examiner, Harris Township Fire Department, Gourley Township Fire Department, Michigan State Police Accident Investigator, Hannahville Police Department, Menominee County Sheriff Department, Menominee County Victim Services Unit and the Menominee County Chaplain Corps.