New Year miracle: Single-vehicle accident in Hancock results in no injuries

Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette A single-vehicle rollover Thursday on North Lincoln Drive resulted in no injuries, as Hurontown Search and Rescue Jaws of Life responded to a single occupant trapped in the vehicle.

HANCOCK — Hancock Police and the Hurontown Search and Rescue responded to a single-vehicle roll-over Thursday morning at approximately 10 a.m. when a 73-year-old woman from Keweenaw County lost control of her late-model Ford Escape, while traveling west on North Lincoln Drive. She was the only occupant of the vehicle.

Cpl. Robert Stites of the Hancock Police said apparently the driver’s tires got caught in the soft snow on the road’s shoulder, causing the vehicle to flip onto its side. Police Chief Wayne Butler, who was also on the scene, said it did not appear that speed or alcohol were factors in the crash

“There were no apparent injuries sustained,” said a member of the Hancock Fire Department who asked not to be identified, “but (the driver) is being taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure.”

The source said the driver was trapped in the SUV by her seat belt, requiring rescuers to cut it to extract her from the driver’s seat.

“She said she could move her feet and her toes and everything, and there’s nothing hurt,” the source said. “Her back or her neck didn’t hurt, so her seat belts were cut, she was gently lifted out, and she’s standing next to her vehicle right now.”

Officers were assisted by the Houghton Police Department, Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, Hancock Fire Department, Hurontown Search and Rescue, and Mercy Ambulance.

There were no tickets or citations issued.