NEW BUFFALO, MI – On Thursday Nov 25, 2021 at approx. 7:15 pm emergency responders were dispatched to a 2 car traffic crash on I-94 near New Buffalo. Upon arrival, police found a female unresponsive lying in the roadway and found another male lying on the ground pinned under his vehicle. Crash investigators were called to the scene to assist in the investigation.
Police were able to determine that a Ford Escape SUV with 4 subjects inside the vehicle was travelling eastbound near the truck weight station when the driver lost control of his vehicle on slippery roadway, ran off the roadway and struck a guardrail. The vehicle then came to rest on the shoulder of the road. A rear seat passenger was outside the vehicle tending to the front seat passenger when a second vehicle also lost control on the slippery roadway and spun into the stopped first vehicle. The second vehicle, a 2008 Buick Lucerne slammed into the passenger side of the Ford Escape while one of the occupants was standing next to the vehicle pinning the occupant between both vehicles. The driver of the Escape was then thrown from the vehicle and became trapped under his car.
The driver and front seat passenger of the Escape were transported to Memorial Hospital of South Bend for Serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the Buick was taken to Lakeland-Spectrum Hospital for critical injuries and was airlifted to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. The front seat passenger of the Buick was taken to Franciscan Hospital in Michigan City, Ind and was transferred to University of Chicago for her injuries and the back seat passenger of the Buick was treated and released at Lakeland Spectrum. The names of all subjects are not being released so that next of kin notification can be made.
The deceased was taken to WMED of Kalamazoo for an Autopsy to determine the cause of death. This crash is still under investigation. It appears that cold, slick rain/icy road conditions contributed to this crash.