FRENCHTOWN TOWNSHIP, MI – At approximately 2:30pm today, MSP troopers from the Monroe Post were dispatched to a two-vehicle injury crash at the intersection of Telegraph and Heiss Roads.
Upon arrival on scene, troopers determined the following sequence of events: A twelve passenger Ford van was traveling east on Heiss Road, attempting to cross Telegraph, when the van was struck by a Matco Tool truck that was traveling north on Telegraph Road. The impact caused the van to overturn and come to rest on its passenger side, trapping the injured occupants. The truck lost control after the collision and came to a stop in a field on the west side of Telegraph Road, just north of Heiss.
The van had a total of nine occupants, seven of them were developmentally disabled adults from a care facility located in Taylor, Michigan. The driver of the van and the front seat passenger were staff members for the care facility and were transporting the residents back home after a trip to Calder’s Dairy Farm in Carleton.
One of the passengers in the van, a 60-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries suffered in the crash.
Two other occupants of the van suffered critical injuries and were transported by helicopter to area hospitals. The other six occupants were transported by ambulance to several area hospitals for injuries varying from serious to non-life-threatening. The driver of the Matco Truck was injured in the crash and was transported with non-lifethreatening injuries to an area hospital.
It should be noted that the driver of the Matco Truck had the right of way, and the driver of the van did not.
Troopers were assisted by personnel from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, Frenchtown Twp. Fire Department, Monroe Community Ambulance, and Monroe County Road Commission. Telegraph Road was shutdown for several hours while the Michigan State Police Accident Reconstruction Unit collected evidence and measured the scene.
At this time, neither drugs nor alcohol appear to be factors in the crash. Anyone having information about the incident is asked to contact Tpr. Christopher Hardaway of the Monroe Post at 734-242-3500.