MSP investigating wrong-way driver who hit three vehicles.

March 9, 2022

MSP investigating wrong-way driver who hit three vehicles.

The 59-year-old Shelby woman allegedly crashed into the back of a truck and trailer.

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MASON COUNTY — Michigan State Police troopers from the Hart post are investigating a reckless driving incident stemming from multiple hit-and-run crashes Tuesday, March 8, around 5:30 p.m., according to Spl/Lt. Michelle Robinson, Sixth District public information officer.

The suspect is a 59-year-old Shelby woman.

“Mason-Oceana 911 received several calls regarding a reckless driver who was dangerously traveling westbound US 10 Highway in the eastbound travel lanes, which prompted law enforcement to respond to the area,” said Robinson in a press release.

“Preliminary investigation showed that a 2014 Ford Explorer initially struck two separate parked vehicles at the Scottville Wesco before fleeing the scene and traveling westbound US 10 toward Ludington. The erratic driver was observed by witnesses to be drifting back and forth from the oncoming eastbound travel lanes of US 10 to the westbound travel lanes and shoulder of US 10.

“Witnesses reported seeing the driver then crash into the back of a moving commercial truck and trailer, which had been traveling in the right travel lane of westbound US 10 Highway just west of Stiles Road in Amber Township.”

After the driver struck the truck and lost control, she crossed over five lanes of traffic. She then drove off the roadway and her vehicle came to rest in a marsh. A trooper and a Mason County deputy removed the driver from the Ford Explorer, which had heavy smoke coming from the engine and interior portions of the vehicle.

“The Ford Explorer was being driven by a 59-year-old Shelby woman. She was transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries where she remained overnight for further observation. There were no injuries reported by the occupants of the other three vehicles.

“Alcohol is currently being investigated as a possible contributing factor in the traffic crash.  The right travel lane of eastbound US 10 was closed for approximately 40 minutes while law enforcement investigated the series of events leading up to the final crash.

“Troopers at the scene were assisted by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office, along with advanced first responders from the Scottville Fire Department and Life EMS. The crash remains under investigation.

“Any witnesses to the crash that did not speak to police at the scene are requested to please contact the Michigan State Police Hart Post at (231) 873-2171.”

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