CEDARVILLE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WLUC) - UPDATE at 3:18 p.m. central time Wednesday:
Three people were taken to the hospital after a head on collision on M-35 north of Cedar River Wednesday morning.
According to the Menominee County Sheriff’s Office, the crash occurred between a 1 ton pickup truck and a minivan. The minivan was attempting to pass a semi-truck and two other cars on M-35 when they struck the pickup truck head on.
Sheriff’s said that there were whiteout conditions at the time and it is likely that neither vehicle could see the other one coming.
Both drivers were entrapped in their vehicles and two extraction teams were called to the scene. Menominee Sheriff’s said that it took about an hour to get the drivers cut out of the vehicles.
Sheriff’s said the vehicles were estimated to be going around 55 to 60 miles per hour at the time of the collision. The pickup truck driver from Oconto, Wisconsin, was transported to OSF St. Francis in Escanaba for unknown injuries. The driver has been treated and released.
There was a driver and a passenger, both from Escanaba, in the minivan. The passenger was transported to OSF St. Francis for non-life threatening injures. The driver of the minivan was transported to Bay Area Medical Center and later transferred to a hospital in Green Bay. The driver was significantly injured in the crash and sheriff’s say that as of Wednesday afternoon, they are listed in stable condition.
The driver of the minivan was found at fault for the crash.
UPDATE at 9 a.m. central time Wednesday:
MDOT says both lanes of M-35 are now open at Dunkas Road. No details about the crash have been released.
UPDATE at 7:50 a.m. central time Wednesday:
MDOT says M-35 southbound is now open at Dunkas Road, but northbound M-35 remains closed.
ORIGINAL STORY at 6:50 a.m. central time Wednesday:
A crash on M-35 north of Cedar River Wednesday morning has closed the highway.
MDOT says the highway is closed at Dunkas Road in Cedarville Township.
The Menominee County Sheriff's Office says at least until 7:30 a.m. central time, drivers trying to get between Escanaba and Menominee should use US-2 and US-41 instead of M-35.
No details on the crash have been released, but authorities say there were no fatalities.
Menominee County is under a Winter Weather Advisory until noon central time Wednesday. Drivers should expect slippery road conditions for the morning commute. Up to 4 inches of snow is expected.
This story will be updated as more details are released about this crash.