Driver killed in Berrien County crash identified

Published: Jan. 26, 2023 at 12:48 PM EST
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UPDATE: The person who died in last week’s crash on U.S. 12 has been identified as Scott Lightner, 51, of Hammond.

Police say the semi driver had picked up a load of wood pallets from Niles and was headed to Des Plaines, Ill., when the crash happened.

The crash remains under investigation.


BERRIEN COUNTY, Mich. (WNDU) - One person is dead after a crash Thursday morning on U.S. 12 in Berrien County.

It happened around 11:40 a.m. near Franklin Road just south of Buchanan. Officials say a semi and another vehicle crashed head on, with both vehicles ending up in a ditch.

Officials say the driver of the other vehicle died in the crash. Their identity has not been released at this time.

The crash remains under investigation, but officials say weather was not a factor.

The road was closed in both directions for several hours as crews cleaned up the crash scene.

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