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Accident forces closure of U.S. 41 Monday

July 31, 2012
The Daily Mining Gazette
Zach Kukkonen/Daily Mining Gazette
At about 11:50 a.m. Monday, troopers from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post were called to a personal injury accident on U.S. 41 about a half mile south of Airport Road. A 66-year-old male from Houghton was heading south, attempting to make a left turn into Auto Expressions on U.S. 41 while towing a fifth-wheel trailer. A car driven by a 17-year-old male from Calumet rear-ended the trailer, pinning the car under the trailer. The 17-year-old was extricated from the car and taken to Portage Health by Mercy EMS. He was listed in stable condition and transferred to Marquette General Health System with non-life-threatening injuries. Police rerouted traffic for about 5 miles of U.S. 41 Monday afternoon. The incident is still under investigation. Initial interviews showed the driver of the trailer initiated the left turn signal and all tail lights on the trailer were operational. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Quincy-Franklin-Hancock Townships Volunteer Fire Department, the Hubbell Fire Department, the Calumet Township Fire Department, Houghton County Sheriff’s Department, Mercy EMS and Superior Towing.


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