Chain reaction crash
NEGAUNEE – Nine vehicles were involved in a chain reaction crash on icy U.S. 41 near Brebner Road in Marquette County’s Negaunee Township Monday afternoon, Michigan State Police at the Negaunee Post reported.
Troopers from the Negaunee Post were dispatched to the crash site at 12:55 p.m. Monday after Marquette County 911 received calls reporting that several vehicles lost control and ran off the roadway or crashed into other vehicles.
At the time of the crash it was very cold and the highway was covered with snow and ice, making travel conditions hazardous, troopers said.
Nine vehicles were involved in the crash and 13 people occupied those vehicles. Three of the 13 were juveniles.
Only two minor injuries were reported and all vehicle occupants were wearing properly-fastened seat belts at the time of the crash, police said.
The crash began when Theresa Selman, 54, of Ishpeming lost control of her 2001 Honda that she was driving westbound on U.S. 41.
Her vehicle crossed the snow-covered median and slid into the path of two eastbound vehicles.
The first collision was with a 2013 Toyota Highlander driven by Eleanor Weaver, 74, of Republic. The next collision for Selman’s vehicle was with a 2002 Buick Century driven by Kelly Illikainen, 22, of Negaunee.
At the same time, several other vehicles lost control while trying to avoid the collision of the first three vehicles and either crashed into a vehicle, guardrail or he ditch.
An ambulance from Marquette General Hospital driving through the area at the time of the first crash stopped to render assistance when it was hit by a 2004 Chevrolet Impala driven by Casey Juntila, 19, of Champion while she was trying to avoid the crashed vehicles on the highway.
Selman was determined to be at fault in the crash for driving too fast for conditions, police said.
Assisting at the scene were Marquette General EMS and Whistler’s Towing, who quickly cleared the highway of disabled vehicles, preventing any further mishaps on the icy road, police said.