US-2

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. 

IRONWOOD, MI--   Work on the US-2 business route from the highway to the Wisconsin state line begins in Ironwood Wednesday.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is milling and resurfacing 1.3 miles. It will also make drainage structure repairs; upgrade concrete sidewalk ramps to Americans with Disabilities Act standards; make concrete joint repairs; and resurface 0.3 miles of US-2 from the state line to west of Tourist Park Road in Ironwood. 

Work will require lane shifts and closures under flag control.

MACKINAC COUNTY, MI--   Two people were killed in a multiple-vehicle crash on US-2 in Mackinac County Monday.

ST. IGNACE, MI--   From Michigan State Police at the St. Ignace Post:

Due to a fatal traffic crash that occurred on US-2 near Gould City Rd, US-2 will be closed in both directions indefinitely between M-117 and M-77.  Traffic will be re-routed Via M-117, to M-28 to M-77 to US-2 for westbound traffic.  Eastbound traffic will be re-routed to M-77, to M-28 and back to US-2 via M-117. 

Motorists should expect lengthy delays due to traffic congestion.  

MACKINAC COUNTY, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation is closing lanes of US-2 in Mackinac County this week so it can inspect the Cut River Bridge.

Traffic at the bridge will be reduced to one alternating lane in each direction and a temporary traffic signal will be in place.

Closures will be in effect Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. 

MANISTIQUE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A motorcycle rider was injured in a collision with a deer Sunday morning in Manistique Township. 

Troopers from the Manistique Detachment say a 59-year-old Macomb man was westbound on US-2 near Tannery Road when a deer ran into the road. The man hit the deer and was thrown from the motorcycle, which continued west, hit a mailbox, and came to rest in a yard.

Around 9 a.m. a trooper on routine patrol came upon the rider, who was lying on the side of the road. He was taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

IRON COUNTY, MI--   A 14-year-old boy was the fatality in a traffic accident on US-2 near Wild River Road Wednesday.  

An SUV rear-ended an Iron County Road Commission grader that was clearing the shoulder of the road.  The driver, Angela Esbrook, 35, of Iron River, and two passengers—a 12-year-old girl and 17-year-old boy—were injured and taken to Aspirus Hospital.  Another passenger—Justin Henschel, 14—was pronounced dead at the scene.  The operator of the grader received only minor injuries. 

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.  

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