Deputies pointing to distracted driving, speed, alcohol in truck versus tractor crash

Preliminary investigation by the Livingston County Sheriff’s Department is determining that speed, alcohol and distracted driving appear to be factors in a Monday, Sept. 7, crash in which a 2007 Chevrolet Silverado struck a John Deere tractor on Nicholson Road north of Grand River Avenue in Handy Township.

According to a release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched at approximately 5:09 p.m. to the crash site. Preliminary investigation shows that a Chevrolet Silverado driven by a 25-year-old Webberville man and heading south on Nicholson Road hit from behind a John Deere tractor driven by a 40-year-old Fowlerville man. The tractor was forced off the roadway where it overturned, pinning the driver beneath; he suffered leg and hip injuries. The driver of the Silverado had minor lacerations to his hands.

The tractor operator was transported to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing by Livingston County EMS, where he is reported to be in stable condition. The roadway was closed for approximately two hours during the investigation.

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