State police investigating traffic crash that killed two

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CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich.(WLUC) - Two people have died after a traffic crash in Chippewa County on Wednesday. Michigan State Police responded to the traffic crash on Mackinac Trail near 11 Mile Road in Chippewa County on Jan. 31 around 11:45 a.m.

A passenger vehicle was travelling southbound when it collided with a commercial vehicle pulling a snowmobile trailer travelling northbound on Mackinac Trail. The passenger vehicle and the commercial vehicle came to rest on the shoulder of the northbound lane of Mackinac Trail. Two additional vehicles travelling southbound and northbound respectively were unable to stop and collided with each other in the roadway near the original crash site.

The driver of the southbound passenger vehicle, Donald Cook, 69, and his passenger, Janet Cook, 69, both of Kincheloe, Mich., sustained fatal injuries and were pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the commercial vehicle, Daniel Brady, sustained minor injuries. The drivers of the other two vehicles, Larry Tasker Jr. and Emily Stork, were not injured in this crash.

Mackinac Trail was closed for approximately three hours to allow for a complete investigation of the traffic crash. It was re-opened to traffic at approximately 2:30 p.m.

The accident remains under investigation. Alcohol and drugs are not believed to be a factor at this time.

MSP Troopers from the Sault Ste. Marie Post were assisted on scene by the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office, the U.S. Border Patrol, MSP Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, and Kinross and Dafter Township EMS.

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