An Ann Arbor man died following a crash Tuesday night at the intersection of M-50 and M-52 near Tecumseh. The 61-year-old man was ejected from a minivan that collided with an SUV at about 10 p.m., according to a news release from the Lenawee County Sheriff’s Office.
The crash happened when a 2016 Ford Edge that was westbound on M-50 struck a 2012 Dodge Caravan that was southbound on M-52, sheriff’s deputies reported. The Caravan rolled over in the southwest corner of the intersection. “Deputies are investigating which vehicle had the right-of-way at the time of this crash,” the news release said.
The driver of the Ford, a 51-year-old man from Tecumseh, was transported to ProMedica Charles and Virginia Hickman Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The driver of the Dodge, a 37-year-old woman from Ypsilanti, was transported to the University of Michigan hospital in Ann Arbor for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.
The passenger in the Dodge who was ejected was transported by helicopter to the U-M hospital where he died from injuries sustained in the crash. Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in this crash, the release said. The occupants of the Dodge Caravan were not wearing their seatbelts, while the driver of the Ford Edge was wearing his seatbelt.
The Lenawee County Accident Investigation Team was called to the scene, and the crash is under further investigation.
Safety on Two-Lane Roads
When driving on state highways, such as these, where they are typically two-lane roads with many intersections, and places where you are required to stop, it is important to be drive with all possible skill and safety. These types of state highways have many inherent dangerous risks for drivers that do not pay full attention to what they are doing while driving. Multiple intersections where other drivers may suddenly slow to turn onto, drivers entering the roadway, and places where your speed must be constantly adjusted. Also, many of these state highways are only two lanes, one in each direction, so to you must be constantly aware of your lane as well as oncoming traffic in the opposite lane so as to not have a head-on collision. Regardless of the posted speeds you of back off from rushing the drivers ahead of you, not passing unless safe to do so, and having constant knowledge that you may have to brake at any time. Driving these types of roads requires your full awareness and defensive driving skills.
These state two-lane roads are dangerous enough without even considering adverse weather conditions, driving while distracted, not wearing safety belts, or mechanical failures of your or another vehicle where the margin for error between a safe trip and an accident is already slim. Please consider these thoughts when you head out on these state two lane roads this summer.
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