Four-vehicle accident on March 12 closes lanes on U.S. 23

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The driver of a tractor trailer, a 62-year-old Harrison resident, was issued a citation in a four-vehicle accident Monday, March 12, 2018, on southbound U.S. 23, north of Spencer Road, in Brighton Township, that closed lanes for an hour while tow trucks removed the damaged vehicles from the freeway.

The preliminary investigation reveals that at approximately 1:15 p.m., when traffic was stopped on U.S. 23 because of a prior accident further to the south, the 2016 tractor trailer combination vehicle failed to stop, first rear-ending a 2011 Chevrolet Impala driven by a 34-year-old Charlevoix resident, and then hitting a 2003 Ford Taurus driven by an 18-year-old Petoskey resident, which was then pushed into a 2017 Ford Escape driven by a 72-year-old Greenbush resident.

According to a release from the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office, alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors in the crash and everyone was wearing seatbelts. The driver of the tractor trailer was issued a citation for failure to stop within an assured clear distance, and no major injuries were reported.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by personnel from Livingston County Ambulance, Brighton Area Fire Department, and Hartland Area Fire Department.

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