2018-04-11 / News

Foul weather causes spate of accidents, 4 injuries

BY STEVEN KOVAC
810-452-2684 • skovac@mihomepaper.com

Strong winds and icy roads contributed to a rash of car accidents during the afternoon of April 4.

Sanilac County Undersheriff Brad Roff told the News in an email, “The log shows seven accidents in a relatively short period of time. Five were property damage accidents and two were injury accidents. There was a cluster of them in the northwest section of Sanilac County.”

Roff said a one-vehicle mishap on M-53 occurred involving a single occupant who sustained minor injuries. The identity of the driver has not been released.

The biggest wreck of the day happened around 2:50 p.m. on Ubly Road near the Bay City-Forestville Road in Austin Township.

That accident started when the drivers of a couple of passing vehicles stopped to try to assist an unidentified motorist who had run off Ubly Road and was marooned in the ditch on the east side of the road.

One of the Good Samaritans was Jennifer Petretis, 43, of Sandusky, and the other was Shaun Messing, 26, of Ubly.

According to deputies, as the two women were stopped trying to help the driver of the car in the ditch, a vehicle driven by Renee Buckley, 27, of Port Sanilac, approached the scene from the south.

Due to poor road conditions, Buckley lost control of her vehicle and collided with the parked truck belonging to Petretis, which in turn was pushed into the parked truck of Messing.

All three vehicles were damaged.

Two passengers riding with Buckley, Kortney Ray, 23, of North Branch and a four-year-old boy, were transported by Bingham EMS to Huron Medical Center in Bad Axe for treatment of injuries.

Petretis was also injured and taken by Sanilac EMS to McKenzie hospital in Sandusky for treatment.

It was determined by deputies on the scene that the accident was caused by icy road conditions and strong winds.

Alcohol was not a factor in the crash, and all occupants reported wearing their seatbelts. The airbag in Messing’s vehicle was deployed.

Also assisting on the scene was the Bingham Fire Department.

The accident remains under investigation.

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