WAYLAND TOWNSHIP, MI – A 29-year-old man who was killed in a fiery car crash late Sunday evening has been identified and details of the accident have changed some after authorities continued on with their investigation.
On Sunday August 13th, 2017, Deputies from the Allegan County Sheriffs Office as well as Officers from the Gun Lake Tribal Police and Wayland Police Department responded to southbound US131 north of the Shelbyville exit in reference to a vehicle parked in the southbound lanes with no lights on.
While enroute they received additional reports of a head on crash and vehicle fire at the same location.
Upon officers arrival they found a vehicle on fire with person still trapped inside. Using fire extinguishers, officers were able to suppress the fire so other officers could extricate the occupant.
The driver of a second vehicle died as a result of injuries sustained in the crash.
The northbound vehicle was initially reported as facing the wrong way on the shoulder of the southbound lanes of US-131 Hwy. Prior to officers arriving on scene the vehicle began to travel the wrong way and several vehicles had to swerve to avoid the vehicle.
The victim driver was unable to avoid the northbound suspect vehicle and struck it head on causing severe damage which led to a fire in the engine compartment. This fire was held at bay by responding officers using fire extinguishers until Wayland Fire Dept. arrived and extinguished it completely.
The suspect driver has been identified as Sean Michael Barone, 29 years old, from the Wayland area. He
was transported to Metro Hospital where he died as a result of his injuries.
The victim driver has been identified as Alexander Madison Wieland, a 22 year old man from the Plainwell area. He was transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital with a severe leg injury and concussion-like symptoms.
Both driver’s were wearing seatbelts and alcohol is believed to be a factor in regards to the suspect driver, Sean Barone.