December 17, 2018

Two killed from injuries sustained in multi-vehicle collision on US-23


Au GRES TWP. — Two occupants in a Ford station wagon died due to injuries incurred during a four-vehicle accident on US-23 in Au Gres Thursday, Oct. 5.

Philip Zielaskowski, 68, and Fay Zielaskowski, 67, both of Ossineke, were seriously injured in the collision and later pronounced dead. They were reportedly traveling southbound on US-23 in Au Gres and were impacted from behind by a southbound van, according to Arenac County Undersheriff Don McIntyre. The collision resulted in the station wagon being propelled into the northbound lane and colliding with a northbound pickup truck pulling a trailer. McIntyre said the van also made impact with a second southbound vehicle, a pickup truck, following the collision with the station wagon.

Philip and Fay Zielaskowski were extricated from the vehicle by firefighters from the Au Gres-Sims-Whitney Fire Department and transported to St. Mary’s of Michigan Standish Hospital from the scene of the crash via Arenac County MMR. No other drivers or vehicle occupants were injured in the crash.

US-23 was closed and traffic was rerouted onto Swenson and Nearman roads as emergency responders investigated and cleaned up debris at the scene.

Assisting the Arenac County Sheriff’s Department at the scene were the Michigan State Police, the Au Gres-Sims-Whitney Fire Department, Au Gres City Police and MMR. The crash occurred around 11 a.m. Thursday.


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