LUDINGTON, MI – At 6:10 AM on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020, emergency crews were called to a multi-vehicle crash on Custer Road north of Sugar Grove Road in Mason County’s Sherman Township.
The initial investigation indicates an SUV traveling southbound on Custer Road rear-ended a farm manure spreader, which was also traveling southbound on Custer Road partially on the shoulder. Following the first collision, the SUV spun into the northbound lane of Custer Road, and was then struck by two northbound pickup trucks.
The passenger in the SUV was pronounced dead at the scene, both pickup truck drivers and the driver of the SUV received non-life-threatening injuries. All three were transported by LIFE EMS to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.
The victim has been identified as Roger Vasquez, 45-years-old, of Manistee. He was the passenger in a 2011 Ford SUV which was being driven by 51-year-old Todd Harland, of Manistee.
Mr. Harland’s southbound vehicle struck the back of a manure spreader, also southbound on Custer Road, which was being driven by James Shea, 47-years-old, of Custer MI.
Following the initial crash, Mr. Harland’s vehicle rotated and spun into the northbound lane where it was struck by a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Gurden Paggeot, 58-years-old, of Scottville. Mr. Harland’s vehicle was then struck by a second northbound 2015 Chevy Silverado pickup being driven by Christopher Sobaski, 60-years-old, of Free Soil MI.
Harland, Paggeot, and Sobaski all received non-life-threatening injuries at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.
Those responding to the scene were Mason County SO deputies, Fountain Area Fire & Rescue, Custer Fire, LIFE EMS, WMED Medical Examiner’s Office and Mason County Victim Services Unit.
The accident remains under investigation by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office and law enforcement is currently working on family notification.