Fatal Houghton County crash injures at least four seriously near Dollar Bay, MI closes highway for hours; Calumet man hurt after jack slips and car falls on him

URGENT URGENT 1-9-17  5 p.m. ET – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin:

Dollar Bay Fatal Crash Update: One Dead – four others seriously injured but properly restrained boy spared in child seat

By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

(Dollar Bay, MI) – A 21-year-old Chassel man was killed – plus four others were seriously injured but a properly restrained child was spared – in a fatal head-on accident in Houghton County that closed M-26 near Dollar Bay, MI for several hours this morning during terrible weather conditions.

A Michigan State Police Accident Investigator and the Houghton County Sheriff’s department are investigating the crash that occurred about 7:50 this morning ET Mon. Jan. 9, 2017 on M-26 at Coal Dock Road in Franklin Township, MI.

The 21-year-old male victim was driving a 2002 Honda Accord that collided head-on with a 2005 Chevy Pick truck driven by a 63-year-old Dollar Bay man.

That 21-year-old male victim was pinned beneath that pickup truck and was found laying in a snowstorm in the middle of M-26 trapped – until a group of people lifted the pickup truck off the victim. The elderly driver of the pickup – who had three passengers including a child – was pinned while this was happening to free the other driver.

That child was miraculously spared injuries – a 6-year-old boy – as he was properly restrained in a child seat – and placed in a fire truck to keep warm waiting for his father to arrive. His father and the boy then drove to the hospital to check on loved ones seriously injured.

The 21-year-old man and his 21-year-old girlfriend were both eje4cted and received critical injuries. They were first transported to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital by Mercy Ambulance Service and and later flown by Medivac helicopter to Aspirus Wausau Hospital in Wausau, WI. The young woman is in critical condition with multiple injuries.

The 63-year-old pickup truck driver was extricated using the “Jaws of Life” from the Hurontown Volunteer Fire Department.

The pickup driver and two adult passengers were rushed to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital.
The injured pick passengers are a 61-year-old woman and a 34-year-old man, both Dollar Bay residents. The woman was later transported by ambulance with serious injuries to U.P. Health System – Marquette. That third passenger, – 6-year-old boy – was uninjured in the crash.

Assisting on the scene were the Dollar Bay First responders, the Hancock Police Department, the Houghton Police Department, the Hurontown Volunteer Fire Department, several ambulances and paramedics from the Mercy Ambulance Service and Superior Towing.

Weather likely contributes to accident near Dollar Bay, MI; and jack slips with Calumet man under car


By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director

(Houghton County, MI) – A Michigan State Police Accident Investigator is probing this morning’s serious crash near Dollar Bay, MI that caused at least four injuries including at least one victim who was ejected was pinned underneath a pickup truck. A second incident seriously injured a Calumet man when a car fell off a jack

A serious accident was reported about 7:30 this morning, January 9, 2017 on M-26 at Union Coal Dock Road -just south of Dollar Bay, MI. The MSP Calumet will likely issue a press release on the wreck – and if it is sent to us we will pass it along (some MSP posts are better than others sending news releases to us). Among the contributing factors in the accident will likely be weather and road conditions that were miserable at the time.

Emergency officials on the scene reporting three critical injuries and a fourth person with lesser injuries. The first officials on the scene reported a man was lying on M-26 pinned under the wheels of a pickup truck – and it would take four people to lift it off the man (scroll down to read more). Officials reported the impact speed was approximately 45 miler per hour. Numerous emergency agencies responded to the crash.



Meanwhile a Calumet man was rushed to the hospital late this morning (1-9-17) after a car fell on him.

The emergency  call was dispatched as “major injuries” after a car he had jacked up slipped off the mount and fell on him. He was rescued from underneath the vehicle by heroic witnesses. Initial reports indicated the injuries were not life threatening but serious.

The incident was reported at or near – 433 Pine St. in Calumet, MI. Emergency officials  were told to approach through an back way on River Street.


While multiple broken bones and other injuries were reported – two of the critical victims did not appear to have life-threatening injuries.The status of the third critical person (man who was pinned) was not confirmed. The victims were brought to U.P. health System Portage and Aspirus Keweenaw hospitals.

It is known that at least one of the victims was transferred by ambulance to Marquette (the paramedics were advised to beware of black ice and snowy highways in the Baraga area) – and another may have been choppered to a trauma hospital but that was not confirmed – as weather conditions may have played a factor in the timing of an airlift – although a medivac crew was sent to the airport..

M-26 was closed for about three hours as state police accident reconstruction experts investigated the wreck. There were reports of a child involved in the accident. Emergency officials on the scene reported the child had been put in a fire truck to be warmed – and was apparently saved by a child seat. That child was reportedly pickup up  at the scene by his father and they both went to the hospital to check on other victims.





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