Traffic light down on U.S.-2 and M-95 following tractor/trailer accident

BREITUNG TOWNSHIP — A tractor/trailer driven by a 76 year-old Quinnesec man took down a traffic light at the junction of U.S.-2 and M-95 in Breitung Township Wednesday night.

A Michigan State Police Trooper was waiting at the intersection behind a tractor/trailer loaded with equipment on its flatbed. As the tractor/trailer pulled into the intersection to turn onto U.S.-2, it failed to negotiate the turn. The vehicle then drove off of the highway, continued attempting to turn left and struck a utility pole, pulling down the stop and go traffic lights.

There were no injuries in the accident. Power has been disabled to the intersection and debris was removed from the highway. The highway was closed for three hours while emergency crews worked to clear the intersection.

There are now temporary stop signs in place for traffic traveling southbound on M-95. The Michigan Department of Transportation will begin to repair the traffic lights as early as Friday, December 8th.

Motorists should use caution when approaching the intersection until final repairs can be made.

Troopers were assisted by Breitung Township Fire Department, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Department and the Dickinson County Road Commission.