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Troopers investigating fatal weekend crash in Martin Township

Posted at 6:26 PM, Sep 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-09-13 15:53:49-04

ALLEGAN CO., Mich. — Michigan State Police's Wayland Post is investigating a fatal crash involving four vehicles that happened over the weekend in Martin Township.

The crash occurred on Saturday, Sept. 11 around 2:30 p.m. on southbound US-131 near mile marker 55.

According to witness statements gathered by police, the driver of a Chevy Tahoe was seen driving at a high rate of speed on the highway before rear-ending a Mercury passenger car that was stopped in traffic caused by construction.

The driver of the Mercury passenger, 65-year-old Diana Thornton from Bremen, Ind., suffered life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The driver of the Tahoe was identified as a 35-year-old man from Kalamazoo. He was also injured in the crash, but his injuries are not considered life threatening.

Due to the chain reaction from the initial impact of the Tahoe, two additional vehicles who were also stopped on the roadway were involved in the crash

Neither of those drivers, nor the passengers in their car, suffered life-threatening injuries.

According to police, everyone involved in the crash was wearing a seatbelt, and alcohol does not appear to be a factor.

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