***UPDATE: The 40-year-old driver has died***
MONROE, MI – A serious injury traffic crash occurred on Tuesday October 16th, 2018, at approximately 10:18 AM, on northbound US-23, north of the 1 mile marker in Whiteford Township.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 40 year old Dundee man was driving a black in color 2011 Dodge Ram pick-up northbound on US-23 in the left travel lane. A 2014 Volvo Semi tractor/ trailer, operated by a 32 year old South Sioux City, Nebraska man, was disabled along the left shoulder of northbound US-23.
The Dodge Ram pick-up struck the right rear corner of the semi trailer, causing significant damage to both vehicles and severely injuring the driver of the pick-up.
The driver of the semi tractor/ trailer received minor injuries during the crash.
The driver of the Dodge Ram pick-up was transported by air ambulance to St. Vincent’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, where he was listed in critical condition. The driver of the semi tractor/ trailer was transported by Monroe Community Ambulance to Flower Hospital in Sylvania, Ohio for treatment.
It is unknown at this time if alcohol, excessive speed or telephone use is a factor in the crash. The driver of the Dodge Ram pick-up was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash. The driver of the semi tractor/ trailer was not wearing a belt due to being stopped.
Assisting at the scene were Whiteford Township Fire Department, Summerfield Township Fire Department, LaSalle Township Fire Department, Monroe Community Ambulance and the St. Vincent’s Hospital Air Ambulance.
The crash remains under investigation by Deputy Brian Francisco, Deputy Brian Quinn and Deputy Jon Cregar of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Services Division and Deputy William Broman of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Uniformed Services Division. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call 734-240-7715.