Semi-tractor and trailer crash on US-23 sends driver to hospital; cops cite medical emergency as cause

An accident on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, involving a semi-tractor and trailer at northbound U.S. 23, north of Spencer Road in Brighton Township, sent the driver to the hospital with serious injuries.

The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office’s investigation reveals that a 39-year-old Coleman man was driving a 2017 Freightliner, owned by Northern Logistics, when he suffered a medical event and lost control of the semi-tractor and trailer, which left the roadway and struck several trees.

It took approximately 60 minutes and extensive extrication efforts by the Brighton and Hartland Area Fire Departments to remove the driver from the vehicle, who was then transported to a local area hospital with serious injuries.

Traffic on U.S. 23 from I-96 was affected for approximately five hours while crews removed the vehicle from the scene.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by personnel from the Michigan State Police Brighton Post, Green Oak Township Police, Livingston County EMS, MDOT and Corrigan’s Towing.

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