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Michigan State Police report fatal winter crash

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — At approximately 9:40 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29, troopers from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post were dispatched to a one vehicle rollover personal injury crash on Superior Road near Haapapuro Road in Portage Township. Investigation indicated that a vehicle driven by 50-year-old Rodney Barnes of Chassell was traveling south on Superior Road when he lost control of the vehicle on the icy roadway. The vehicle slid sideways into the ditch area where it overturned and struck a tree. Barnes was not wearing a safety belt and was ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation. Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department, Houghton City Police Department, Hurontown Fire and Rescue, Mercy Ambulance, and Superior Service Towing.

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