One dead after four-vehicle crash near Chassell

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CHASSELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - The Houghton County Sheriff Department investigated a four-vehicle personal injury fatal accident around 10 a.m. Saturday.

The accident occurred on US-41 at the Sturgeon River Bridge in Chassell Township. 50-year-old David Hooper from Green Bay driving a semi tractor trailer hauling diesel fuel and gasoline from Green Bay, Wisc. was traveling northbound on US-41 near the Sturgeon River Bridge, when 40-year-old Jennifer Jennings-Shaud of Lans'e in a Toyota RAV SUV attempted to pass the fuel truck and lost control on the ice covered road.

The RAV SUV struck a southbound Honda CRV, driven by 45-year-old Christine Juntunen of Hubbell, head on, causing the Honda CRV to be pushed into the northbound lane and in the path of the fuel truck. The truck struck the Honda on the driver's side, killing Juntunen.

Another southbound vehicle was traveling within the crash zone and was struck as well. This Audi vehicle carrying 40-year-old driver Eric Trapp, 43-year-old Amanda Galetto and her 12-year-old son Brady Galetto, all from Hancock, did not sustain any injuries.

Toyota driver Jennings-Shaud and her nine-year-old son Ephraim were treated at the scene by Chassell Township First Responders and Mercy Ambulance personnel, and were transported to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. The driver was then later transported to U.P. Health System Marquette for further treatment.

Hooper, the driver of the tanker truck, was not injured during the crash.

Due to a large fuel spill from the tanker truck, a large response was required at the scene by several agencies. Chassell Fire Department and First Responders, Hurontown Fire Department using the Jaws of Life, Calumet Township Fire and Rescue for fuel containment, Ironwood Public Safety Fire and Rescue containment unit, Mercy AMbulance, Michigan State Police, Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Unit from Iron Mountain, U.S. Coast Guard containment unit, Houghton County Emergency Measures, Superior Service Wrecker, Gregg's Wrecker Service from Ironwood, Michigan Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Agency, Michigan DEQ and several volunteers all assisted at the scene.

An environmental clean up team from Calumet/Brian Bonen Construction and another clean up team from Bark River are cleaning up the scene. A large response was also necessary due to an undetermined amount of fuel that spilled from the punctured fuel tanker.

US-41 was opened to one lane around 9:00 p.m. Saturday, and is being controlled by MDOT temporary traffic lights at this time.

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UPDATED Saturday, Feb. 3 at 9:45 p.m.

US-41 is now open to one lane in alternating directions following the four-vehicle accident, leaving one person dead. The lane will be maintained with a temporary signal. The lane closure and signal are expected to be in place until cleanup is completed.

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UPDATED Saturday, Feb. 3 at 7:45 p.m.

The Houghton County Sheriff Department investigated a four-vehicle personal injury fatal accident around 10 a.m. Saturday.

The accident occurred on US-41 at the Sturgeon River Bridge in Chassell Township. A semi tractor trailer hauling diesel fuel and gasoline from Green Bay, Wisc. was traveling northbound on US-41 near the Sturgeon River Bridge, when a female driver in a Toyota RAV SUV attempted to pass the fuel truck and lost control on the ice covered road.

The RAV SUV struck a southbound Honda CRV with one occupant head on, causing the Honda CRV to be pushed into the northbound lane and in the path of the fuel truck. The truck struck the Honda on the driver's side, killing the female driver from Hubbell.

Another southbound vehicle was traveling within the crash zone and was struck as well. This Audi vehicle carrying a male driver and two other occupants from Hancock did not sustain any injuries.

The driver of the Toyota RAV and her front passenger occupant were treated at the scene by Chassell Township First Responders and Mercy Ambulance personnel, and were transported to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. The driver was then later transported to U.P. Health System Marquette for further treatment.

The driver of the fuel truck was not injured during the crash.

Due to a large fuel spill from the tanker truck, a large response was required at the scene by several agencies. Chassell Fire Department and First Responders, Hurontown Fire Department using the Jaws of Life, Calumet Township Fire and Rescue for fuel containment, Ironwood Public Safety Fire and Rescue containment unit, Mercy AMbulance, Michigan State Police, Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Unit from Iron Mountain, U.S. Coast Guard containment unit, Houghton County Emergency Measures, Superior Service Wrecker, Gregg's Wrecker Service from Ironwood, Michigan Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Agency, Michigan DEQ and several volunteers all assisted at the scene.

An environmental clean up team from Calumet/Brian Bonen Construction and another clean up team from Bark River are cleaning up the scene. A large response was also necessary due to an undetermined amount of fuel that spilled from the punctured fuel tanker.

The accident remains under investigation. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the crash. All occupants were wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

US-41 south of Chassell still remains closed indefinitely.

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UPDATED Saturday, Feb. 3 at 3:20 p.m.

US-41 south of Chassell is closed indefinitely due to a crash in Houghton County.

Northbound and southbound US-41 is closed south of Chassell at the Sturgeon River Bridge in Houghton County due to a traffic crash.

Southbound traffic is being detoured on the Pelkie-Tapiola Road to M-38. Northbound traffic is being detoured along M-38 to the Pelkie-Tapiola Road or M-26. Truck traffic is advised to use M-38 and M-26.

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US-41 south of Chassell is closed indefinitely due to a crash in Houghton County.

Northbound and southbound lanes of US-41 are closed south of Chassell at the Sturgeon River Bridge. As of 11:20 a.m. Saturday, the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office says US-41 will be closed indefinitely until further notice.

If you are traveling from Baraga, take M-38 to get to Houghton County. If you are traveling from Houghton County, take Tapiola Road to M-38 to get to Baraga.

We do not have any details of the crash at this time, but we will continue to update this story as they become available.