Vehicle strikes road commission worker

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP — An employee with the Houghton County Road Commission was taken to the hospital Saturday morning after he was struck by a truck while working on a broken down snowplow.

The accident happened at approximately 11:30 a.m. on North Entry Road near Channel View Lane. Walter Hitch, 89, of Portage Entry was driving his 2007 Ford Truck on North Entry Road when he lost control of his pickup.

Hitch’s truck hit the road commission pickup and a road commission worker, identified as 40-year-old Brian Julio. He was taken to UP Health System – Portage for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.

Both vehicles sustained considerable damage but were driven away from the scene. Chassell First Responders and Mercy Ambulance assisted the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.