Details released on Friday’s Portage Township crash

(Graham Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette) A multi-vehicle personal injury crash at U.S. 41 and Broemer Road in Portage Township Friday morning resulted in one person being transported to Portage Hospital.

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — A three-vehicle personal injury at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Broemer Road Friday morning resulted in non-life-threatening injuries to the at-fault driver, according to a release from the Michigan State Post Calumet.

At approximately 10:30 a.m. Friday, the MSP responded to the crash scene, which initially was reported by 911 Central Dispatch in Negaunee as a four-vehicle crash.

According to the MSP report, a north-bound vehicle driven by 20-year-old Jake Patchin, of Lake Linden, was slowing in the roadway to turn left when his vehicle was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Munising resident, Laura Denny, age 19. Denny’s vehicle was redirected into the south-bound land, and collided with a south-bound vehicle driven by Kenneth Dorman, 68, of Houghton.

Denny suffered non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the traffic crash and was transported to U. P. Health Systems Portage by Mercy Ambulance for treatment of her injuries.

A citation was issued to the at-fault driver for Violation of Basic Speed Law-Too Fast, the release states.

An initial article appearing in the Saturday edition of the Daily Mining Gazette stated Denny was extracted by the Jaws of Life of the Hurontown Search and Rescue, but in a follow-up interview, the Calumet Post said that was not the case, and Jaws of Life was not needed.

The Michigan State Police would like to remind people to remain attentive while driving and to allow for a greater stopping distance as the inclement weather approaches during fall and winter seasons.

The Michigan State Police was assisted by the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department, Houghton Police Department, Hancock Police and Michigan Tech Public Safety.


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