One seriously injured in M-35 crash in McFarland

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MCFARLAND, Mich. (WLUC) - One is seriously injured after a crash on M-35 in McFarland Saturday.

Michigan State Police troopers from the Negaunee and Gladstone posts are investigating a serious accident that occurred Saturday at 12:40 p.m. on M-35 at the Marquette-Delta county line near County Road 444, causing a section of M-35 to be closed for approximately five hours. MDOT personnel from Marquette and Delta counties responded to the scene and set up an alternative route for both northbound and southbound traffic.

24-year-old Kevin Jenkins of Gwinn was driving a semi-tractor trailer northbound on M-35, behind 37-year-old Adam Garrison of Rapid River in a pickup truck towing a utility trailer with a snowmobile on it also heading northbound prior to the accident.

Garrison was slowing down on M-35 when the Jenkins began to pass the pickup truck in the semi-truck. As the semi was passing, the pickup truck started a left turn, driving right into the path of Jenkins' semi-truck. The collision caused both vehicles to jackknife and the snowmobile fell off the trailer and onto the highway. A Michigan State Police Advancement Accident Investigator was called to the scene.

Garrison was seriously injured in the crash and had to be extricated from his vehicle. He had a dog in the passenger compartment that was trapped in a cage that troopers had to cut apart to free the dog. Garrison was transported by Valley Med Flight helicopter from the scene to U.P. Health System Marquette. A family member came to pick up Garrison's dog and took it to a veterinary clinic in Marquette for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Jenkins was not injured in the crash.

The crash still remains under investigation.

Delta County Sheriff's Department, Turin Township Fire, Forsyth Township Fire, Rampart Tri-Township ambulance, Rock EMS, and U.P. Health System Marquette ambulance, and Valley Med Flight out of OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba all assisted at the scene.