At approximately 7:26 a.m. Monday, Nov. 13, 2017, deputies with the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to North US23 north of Center Road in Tyrone Township for a two-vehicle injury accident.
The preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer and a 2016 International semi-tractor and trailer were traveling north on North US23 when the vehicles collided sideswiping each other. Both vehicles ran off the roadway on the shoulder side of the freeway.
After leaving the roadway the Chevrolet Trailblazer overturned while the International semi-tractor struck the embankment and then a tree.
The driver of the Chevrolet Trailblazer was a 45-year-old Highland resident that refused treatment at the scene. The International semi-tractor driver was Michael Joseph Martus, a 67-year-old South Lyon resident.
The semi-tractor driver was transported to Genesys Regional Medical Center by Livingston County EMS, where he later succumbed to his injuries. One lane of North U.S. 23 was closed for approximately four hours during the investigation.
Runyan Lake Road was closed for approximately six hours while the vehicles were being removed from the scene.
Speed and alcohol use do not appear to be a factor and the crash. The crash remains under investigation
Deputies were assisted at the scene by personnel from the Fenton Area Fire Department, Michigan State Police, and Livingston County EMS.