UPDATE: Minor injury in crash at Crossroads

Two vehicles stopped at the intersection and began driving again at the same time.
Two vehicles stopped at the intersection and began driving again at the same time.(WLUC)
Published: Jun. 1, 2023 at 2:18 PM EDT
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SANDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - A Negaunee resident is expected to be OK after a crash at the Crossroads intersection of M-553 and Marquette County Road 480 in Sands Township Thursday afternoon.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were called to the crash between two SUVs just before 1:00 p.m. A Silver Pontiac SUV driven by a 19-year-old Gwinn resident was stopped at the four-way stop intersection. A Chevy SUV driven by a 73-year-old Negaunee resident was stopped at the same intersection, preparing to head east.

Investigators say both vehicles proceeded into the intersection due to the high number of vehicles at the time. Both drivers said they did not see the other and collided.

The vehicle driven by the Negaunee resident was hit on the passenger side and ended up tipping over onto the driver’s side. The driver, with assistance from employees from a local business and other drivers, assisted this driver out of his vehicle through its rear hatch door. The driver complained of injuries, but they are not life-threatening. The driver of the other vehicle was uninjured.

Traffic was briefly backed up while an MSP trooper directed traffic around crews as they cleaned up the intersection, but was moving by 2:00 p.m.

In addition to the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, the Michigan State Police, Sands Township Fire Department, Sands EMS and UP Health System - EMS responded.

The sheriff’s office says the crash remains under investigation. Seatbelts and airbags were used and helped reduce injuries.