Several people injured in multi-vehicle crash
Accident involved four motorcycles, three cars
Au GRES — A collision involving seven vehicles — three cars and four motorcycles — resulted in injuries to multiple travelers June 21.
Arenac County Undersheriff Donald McIntyre said all of the injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. He said Tracy Nevins of Leslie, a passenger on one of the motorcycles involved in the accident, was airlifted from the scene to Covenant Cooper by a Covenant HealthCare helicopter.
“She was in critical condition initially,” he said. “Now she’s in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.”
McIntyre said the accident occurred around 11:30 a.m. on US-23 near Swenson Road. Reportedly, a passenger car being driven eastbound on US-23 by Kenneth Parent of Mikado collided with the rear end of another car headed eastbound driven by Dana Javor of National City. Then, according to reports, the car driven by Javor struck a third car headed eastbound that was being driven by Kenneth Politte of Au Gres.
McIntyre said Politte was stopped and waiting to make a left-hand turn at the time of the accident. He said after the car driven by Javor struck Politte’s car, Javor’s car crossed into oncoming traffic, where four motorcycles were reportedly traveling westbound.
Tracy Nevins was a passenger on a motorcycle driven by her husband Billy Nevins, McIntyre said. Michael Carlile of Battle Creek, Floyd Wyatt of Marshall, who was traveling with a passenger, and Michael Coy of Battle Creek were the other travelers on motorcycles at the time of the accident.
“Remarkably, everybody is going to be OK and make a recovery out of this accident,” McIntyre said.
Motorists involved were transported from the scene by ambulance units from Arenac County MMR, Northern Bay Ambulance and Iosco County. McIntyre said some of the injured travelers were taken to St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital, while others were transported to Tawas St. Joseph Health System.
McIntyre said it is unknown at this time which motorcycle riders were or were not wearing helmets, due to the nature and location of the accident scene. The incident remains under investigation, he said.
“We’ve got a reconstructionist that’s putting this thing back together again,” he said.
According to Au Gres-Sims-Whitney Fire Department Chief Kurt Humerickhouse, the fire department assisted with traffic control at the accident, rerouting traffic off of US-23 in both directions. He said traffic was directed down a detour from the time of the incident until roughly 3:15 p.m.
The Saginaw-Chippewa Tribal Police provided mutual aid at the scene.