One dead after two separate accidents in Chippewa County

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich. (WLUC) - The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office has released details about a deadly accident on Thursday evening.

The Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a traffic crash on I-75 north of Gaines Hwy. Investigation revealed that a small car had left the roadway and struck a reflector pole and was stuck in the snow. All of the occupants, the driver and three passengers, had been consuming alcohol.

Prior to law enforcement arriving on scene, two of the passengers from the small car in the ditch started walking southbound in the traffic lane of I-75 wearing dark colored clothing.

A full-size pickup travelling southbound, then struck two of the individuals walking in the roadway killing one of them. The second pedestrian was taken to War Memorial Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the small car was arrested for operating while intoxicated, open Intoxicant(s) in a motor vehicle, unregistered vehicle, possession of Schedule 5 narcotic, resisting arrest and assault on a corrections officer once at the correctional facility.

The third passenger of the small car was arrested for open Intoxicant(s) in a motor vehicle.

The driver of the truck who struck the individuals had not been drinking.

No names are being released at this time as the investigation is ongoing.

I-75 Southbound was temporarily closed while the Chippewa County Sheriff's Office accident investigator processed the scene.

The Chippewa County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Michigan State Police, U.S. Border Patrol, Kinross Police Department, Kinross EMS and Chippewa County Central Dispatch.

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