Two extricated with jaws of life in Saturday night crash

Two people had to be extricated from their car with the help of the jaws of life Saturday night after the driver reportedly lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road.

Troopers from the Gladstone Post of the Michigan State Police were dispatched to the scene in Mapleridge Township just after 9:30 p.m. Police say their preliminary investigation leads them to believe that the accident was caused by a 41-year-old Rock resident who crossed the centerline of West Mapleridge Road near Evergreen Road before eventually driting off the side and crashing into several trees.

Both the driver and the 36-year-old female passenger from Negaunee were then transported to Marquette General Hospital via ambulance for serious injuries. Their status is unknown at this time.

The accident remains under investigation, but officials believe speed and alcohol were both factors.

Troopers were assisted on scene by the Rampart and Forsyth Ambulance, Rock EMS, Tri Township Fire, the Delta County Sheriff’s Office and Gene’s Towing.