Two die after I-75 Accident
ALGER — Two lives were lost Friday afternoon as a motorcycle hit the back of a pickup truck on Northbound I-75, two miles south of the M-33 exit in Moffatt Township, just outside of Alger.
According to the Michigan State Police West Branch post, 48-year-old Michael Taliercio of Goodrich was driving a 2003 Harley Davidson in the left lane, when he then changed lanes, and ended up crashing into the rear of a Dodge pickup truck at around 3:43 p.m.
Michael Taliercio died at the scene, while his female passenger, Karen Taliercio, age 48, was flown to St. Mary’s of Michigan Saginaw Hospital and then transferred to Hurley Medical Center in Flint where she passed away Sunday, according to the Flint Journal.
Though the accident was fatal, Arenac County Sheriff Jim Mosciski, said that the handling of the accident and traffic went pretty smoothly, considering that the Sheriff Department usually handles other minor accidents directly related to a heavy traffic incident like the one that happened on Friday.
“We had Alger and Moffat in the north and Sterling (fire departments) in the south assisting us with traffic,” said the Arenac County sheriff. “We didn’t have any other accidents.”
According to the press release, many civilians stopped by once the accident happened to administer first aid and life saving attempts.
Though his agency isn’t handling the investigation, Mosciski said that it’s good to see that people stopped by to help out at such a serious accident.
“I think that it’s great. At this particular accident there was a single trooper on the scene at first. You’re always looking for help,” he said about the civilian assistance that happened at the scene. “I am glad that we have those people.”
John Mccarroll, 29, of Brighton drove the truck, and was uninjured.
The truck was drivable after the accident according to Mosciski.
Traffic was backed up past mile marker 198, and was at a stand-still until the police rerouted traffic.
“This year, to me, traffic seems to be extremely heavy to the north. This year seems to be extremely busy than the past,” said Mosciski about the traffic. “When I shot out from Sterling Road, I had to get on the shoulder at (mile marker) 196. It was backed up a good two miles.”
According to the MSP press release, Troopers were also assisted by the Ogemaw County Sheriff Department, Arenac County Mobile Medical Response Ambulance, and medical helicopter Omni Flight.
This was the second motorcycle and car accident in a week to jam traffic on Northbound I-75.
On Monday, July 5, a non-life-threatening motorcycle car accident happened just south of the Worth Road overpass in Pinconning.
Traffic was backed up past Standish, and reportedly almost to West Branch, according to MSP Sergeant Ron Taylor.
Though it wasn’t related, another accident happened just north of the fatal accident on Friday whern a camper rolled over as a woman was driving north to camp.
“They were hauling a trailer, and it started to sway. We were just clearing the fatality one,” said Mosciski. “We still went ahead and opened the highway. They rolled it over and she got going.”