MCFARLAND — One man was transported to the hospital following a serious personal injury accident on Saturday afternoon.
Troopers from the Negaunee and Gladstone Posts are still investigating the accident that occurred at 12:40 p.m. on M-35 at the Marquette and Delta County line near County Road 444. Due to the type of vehicles involved and the debris scattered across the highway, it was necessary to close a section on M-35 so that responders could aid to those injured and troopers could safely investigate the crash scene.
MDOT personnel from Marquette and Delta counties responded to the scene and set up an alternate route for both north and southbound traffic. M-35 was closed for approximately five hours.
Twenty-four year-old Kevin Jenkins of Gwinn was driving a 2000 Peterbuilt tractor and semi-trailer north on M-35. The vehicle was owned by KRS Transport of Gwinn.
Thirty-seven year-old Adam Garrison of Rapid River was also driving north on M-35 in a 2010 Toyota pickup truck. Garrison was towing a utility trailer with a snowmobile on it. The pickup was a head of the semi prior to the crash.
The pickup was slowing down on the highway when the semi began to pass in clear view with no other traffic. As the semi was passing, the pickup started to turn left and drove into the path of the semi.
The collision caused both vehicles to jackknife and the snowmobile fell out of the trailer onto the highway. A Michigan State Police Advanced Accident Investigator was called to the scene to assist.
Garrision was seriously injured in the crash and had to be extricated from his vehicle. He had a dog in the passenger compartment that was trapped in a cage. Troopers had to cut the cage apart to let the dog out.
Garrison was transported from the scene by Valley Med flight helicopter to UPHS – Marquette. A family member came to pick up his dog and took it to a veterinary clinic in Marquette for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Jenkins was not injured in the crash. The accident remains under investigation.
Delta County Sheriff’s Department, Turin Township Fire, Forsyth Township Fire, Rampart Tri-Township ambulance, Rock EMS, and U.P. Health System Marquette ambulance, and Valley Med Flight out of OSF St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba assisted the troopers on the scene.