Two dead after fatal semi crash on US-12 identified
BERTRAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WNDU) - Two people are dead after a fatal crash on US-12 in Berrien County on Monday afternoon.
(Update 10:11 p.m.) According to the Michigan State Police, a preliminary investigation reveals that a driver of a liquid-propane hauler was traveling eastbound on US-12 when the driver crossed the median and struck a gasoline hauler head-on around 3:35 p.m. Some liquid propane did leak from the truck but was quickly contained.
It is unknown at this time what made the liquid-propane truck cross the median in the roadway. The road remains closed as crews continue to clean.
The driver of the liquid-propane hauler, identified as Christopher Deneen, 35, of Niles, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the gasoline hauler, identified as Dustin Marshall, 46, of Osceola, was transported to Memorial Hospital in South Bend, where he later died from his injuries.
It is believed both drivers were wearing seatbelts. It is unclear if drugs and alcohol played a part in the crash.
A crash investigation is underway.
Synopsis:— MSP Fifth District (@MspSouthwestMI) January 10, 2023
Date/Time: 1/9/23 around 3:35p
Location: US 12 Hwy near Portage Rd, Bertrand Twp, Berrien Co.
Preliminary investigation reveal that the driver of a LP hauler was traveling e/b on US 12 Hwy when the driver crossed the median and struck a gasoline hauler head on.1/5 pic.twitter.com/fbGjnVW8F4
(Update 5:45 p.m.) Michigan State Police have confirmed that the crash is now fatal. The liquid propane has been contained; however, crews remain on scene investigating. Residents are still advised to avoid this area.
#CrashUpdate— MSP Fifth District (@MspSouthwestMI) January 9, 2023
This two semis crash, a LP hauler & gasoline hauler, is now a fatal crash. The liquid propane has been contained however crews remain on scene investigating & cleaning up site. Continue to avoid area until further notice. More info coming soon. pic.twitter.com/S9fkGkoq3M
(Original 4:36 p.m.) According to the Michigan State Police, authorities are handling a crash involving two semi-trucks at the intersection of Portage Road and the U.S. 12 Highway.
One semi is leaking liquid propane, so residents are encouraged to avoid this portion of the highway for their safety.
16 News Now has observed a medical helicopter arrive on scene, and it is unclear if there are any injuries as a result of the crash.
Niles troopers are handling a crash involving two semis. US 12 Hwy & Portage Rd, Bertrand Twp, Berrien Co. Injuries are unknown at this time, however, one of the semis is leaking liquid propane. For your safety, please avoid this corridor. Will continue to post follow up here. pic.twitter.com/WhwQBtPinS— MSP Fifth District (@MspSouthwestMI) January 9, 2023
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