Fatal car accident in Houghton County

Fatal car accident in Houghton County



A two-car accident in Houghton County has claimed the life of a Pelkie Woman.

At 6:30 p.m. Monday evening Troopers from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post responded to a two-vehicle accident on Askel Road in Portage Township.

According to police, 52-year-old Rick VanAlstine of Pelkie was driving east on Askel Road when he swerved to avoid a deer and collided with a west bound vehicle. That vehicle was driven by 65-year-old Gloria Karinen of Pelkie.

Karinen was pronounced dead at the scene. VanAlstine was transported to Portage Health Hospital and later to Marquette General Hospital for treatment of his injuries.

The Otter Lake First Responders, Hurontown Fire and Rescue, and Mercy Ambulance assisted at the scene. The investigation is still on going.

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