UPDATE: Three injured in wreck on icy U.S. 31 west of Petoskey
The Jaws Of Life was needed to remove three people injured during a head-on, two-vehicle accident on U.S. 31 just west of Petoskey on Thursday morning. (Zac Britton/News-Review / January 24, 2013)
According to John Calabrese, the director for City of Petoskey's Public Safety Department, a 2002 Chevrolet Trailblazer traveling eastbound lost control and slid over into westbound traffic, striking a 2005 Buick Rendezvous head-on. Both vehicles ended up on the shoulder just north of U.S. 31.
Jaws Of Life extraction equipment was required to remove a 68-year-old male and his 74-year-old wife from the Rondevous, as well as the 55-year-old female from the Trailblazer. Each was transported by Allied EMS to McLaren Northern Michigan for treatment of serious injuries. Calabrese believes there was no life-threatening injuries in the accident just west of Eppler Road near Cormack's Deli.
"It's a slippery road, you could see that," said Calabrese. "The eastbound lane, with the wind off (Lake Michigan) has snow on the road and it was freezing there."
Westbound traffic was diverted onto Eppler, while eastbound traffic was backed up as City of Petoskey Public Safety police and fire departments responded, as did the Emmet County Sheriff's department and Allied EMS. A plow truck from the Emmet County Road Commission also showed up at the scene, spreading salt and sand to help decrease slippery conditions.
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