Texting and Driving causes Crash in Sanilac County

LAMOTTE TOWNSHIP, MI – On Thursday, July 28th, 2016, at 8:45 p.m., Sanilac County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to a car versus semi-­truck accident in the intersection of M­46 and M­53 in Lamotte Township.16-12224l_resized

According to Sgt. Rich, a 2007 Mercury passenger car was westbound on M­46 and failed to stop at the traffic light at M­53. The car then collided with the side of a 2012 Volvo semi that had stopped at the light and then continued southbound. The collision punctured the fuel tank of the truck causing about 100 gallons of fuel to spill onto the roadway.

The driver of the car, a 21-­year-­old man, from Merrill, was treated at the scene by Marlette EMS and released. The driver of the semi, a 39-­year­-old man, from Dearborn Heights, was not injured.

The investigation into the accident revealed the 21-­year-­old was on his cell phone texting at time of the accident and ran the stoplight. He was issued citations for texting and driving along with disregarding the traffic signal.

Traffic was rerouted until the fuel spill could be contained and cleaned from the roadway.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Marlette Police, Lamotte Fir e Department, Moor e Township Fire Department, Sanilac County Road Commission, and Sanilac County Emergency Management, Marlette EMS, along with citizens at the scene.

Alcohol is not a factor in the accident and both drivers were wearing seatbelts.

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