Two dead after fatal semi crash on US-12 identified

Published: Jan. 9, 2023 at 4:33 PM EST
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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.

(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.

(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.

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