MARLETTE TOWNSHIP, MI – The Sanilac County Sheriff’s Office responded to a three vehicle accident that occurred on January 9th, 2015 at approximately 11:00 a.m. on Van Dyke (M-53) near Dennis Road in Marlette Township.
The accident occurred when a 2003 Ford Taurus driven by a 19-year-old Fraser man was traveling southbound on Van Dyke Road. He attempted to pass the vehicle in front of him in an area where strong winds were blowing snow creating sections of limited visibility and he veered into the oncoming lane of traffic.
Due to the limited visibility, he didn’t see a 2006 Ford F-350 truck driven by a 20-year-old Wolverine Lake woman who was traveling northbound. The two vehicles collided head-on and the Fraser car spun out striking a third vehicle traveling southbound occupied by a 24-year-old Flint man driving a 2001 Chevy Impala.
The Fraser car came to rest sideways blocking the roadway while the two other vehicles came to rest off the traveled portion of the roadway. Oncoming traffic became a serious concern as the blowing snow and a hilly terrain made the accident difficult to see. Fortunately a local volunteer firefighter from Argyle Township was in the area and stopped to warn oncoming traffic of the accident until Deputies arrived.
All occupants reported wearing their seat-belts, which contributed to no injuries as a result of the accident. Alcohol was not a factor and the roadway has been reopened for travel.
The driver from Fraser was cited for improper passing causing an accident.