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DELTA COUNTY, MI--   A Menominee woman has been killed in a motorcycle accident in Delta County.

The Sheriff’s office says the crash happened Sunday on US-2 near Y.25 Road. The rider was westbound when she lost control of her motorcycle and became separated from it. The victim was not wearing a helmet and sustained severe head injuries. She was airlifted to UPHS-Marquette, where she later died.

Masonville EMTs, the National Forest Service, Ensign Fire, and Valley Med Flight assisted at the scene.

MORAN TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   A major bridge repair project in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is closing a stretch of U.S. 2 through the summer. 

State highway officials say the 3.6-mile highway closure in Mackinac County's Moran Township started Wednesday. It's prompted by $4.8 million in repairs to the Heath M. Robinson Memorial Cut River Bridge.

Work includes structural and expansion joint repairs as well as painting.

The closing and detour are expected to last until September, and the project is set to be finished in November.

DICKINSON COUNTY, MI--   Monday marks the beginning of work on the US-2/US-141 junction in Quinnesec. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation says it will reconstruct the junction to eliminate a grassy median in favor of a standard five-lane highway. The project also includes reducing the steep grade of US-2 heading toward Iron Mountain and reconstructing US-141 from the junction to just south of the railroad viaduct. 

M-DOT will make drainage improvements, traffic signal upgrades, and pavement markings.

ST. IGNACE, MI--   A woman has been killed in a two-vehicle accident in Mackinac County.

State Police from the St. Ignace Post say it happened on US-2 just west of St. Ignace around 8:15 Thursday morning. Troopers say the driver of an eastbound minivan crossed the centerline of the snow-covered, icy road and hit a westbound pickup truck.

The driver of the minivan was taken to Straits Area Hospital, where she died of her injuries. The driver of the truck was treated for minor injuries.

A portion of US-2 was closed while investigators processed the scene.

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   An Iron River man is going to trial for causing a serious accident on US-2 last month.

Theodore Tschannen, 63, is accused of exiting his driveway and hitting a vehicle that was westbound on the 

highway. The Watersmeet woman who was driving the vehicle was severely injured.

Tschannen is charged with operating while intoxicated, causing serious injury; operating with a high blood alcohol content, third offense; and open intoxicants, a misdemeanor.

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP, MI--   A portion of Dickinson County highway was closed for three hours, after a semi tractor-trailer hit a utility pole. 

The crash happened Wednesday around 6:45 p.m. at the intersection of US-2 and M-95 in Breitung Township. A trooper from the State Police Post in Iron Mountain was behind a semi loaded with equipment when the semi tried to turn onto US-2. It failed to negotiate the turn, left the highway, and hit a utility pole, which pulled down the traffic lights.

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--    An Iron River man arrested after an accident that injured a Watersmeet woman has been charged. 

Theodore Tschannen, 63, was exiting his driveway Monday afternoon when he struck a vehicle westbound on US-2. The woman had to be extricated from her vehicle using the “jaws of life.”

Tschannen was arraigned on charges of operating while intoxicated, causing serious injury; operating with a high blood alcohol content, 3rd offense; and open intoxicants, a misdemeanor.

A preliminary hearing is set for December 4 in Iron County District Court. 

IRON RIVER TOWNSHIP, MI--   One person was airlifted to a Wisconsin hospital, following a car crash in Iron River Township.

Monday around 1 p.m. the Iron County Sheriff’s Office was called to US-2 near the intersection of Gibbs City Road. Deputies say a westbound Ford Fusion driven by a Watersmeet woman was struck by a pickup truck driven by an Iron River man exiting his driveway.

The “jaws of life” were needed to extract the woman from her vehicle. She was taken to Aspirus Hospital in Iron River, then transported to Aspirus Wausau in Wisconsin.

NAUBINWAY, MI--   A portion of US-2 along the north shore of Lake Michigan has been designated a Pure Michigan Byway by the state. 

The 92-mile section from St. Ignace to Thompson in Mackinac and Schoolcraft counties was chosen for its outstanding recreational and scenic qualities.

The new Top of the Lake Scenic Byway joins 20 other highways around Michigan in the Pure Michigan Byways Program, now encompassing 1,152 miles of state trunkline.

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   One person is in jail, following a traffic stop in Delta County. 

The Sheriff’s Office says Tuesday around 5:15 p.m. a deputy stopped a vehicle on County Road 426 near US-2 in Wells. The officer discovered about 43 grams of cocaine.

The vehicle was seized and a suspect was lodged in the Delta County Jail for possession with intent to distribute cocaine.

The case remains under investigation. 

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