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Tractor trailer, car collide, one dead

The Michigan State Police are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on 07/22/14 at approximately 8:17 P.M, near the intersection of W. Coleman Road and N. Littlefield Road, Gilmore Township, Isabella County.

The preliminary investigation determined that a 1999 Peterbilt tractor trailer was traveling eastbound on W. Coleman Rd., while a 2005 Pontiac G6 was traveling southbound on N. Littlefield Road.  The Pontiac made a right turn onto W. Coleman Rd.  The driver of the Peterbilt tractor trailer informed Troopers that the other vehicle crossed into his lane.  The driver attempted to avoid the Pontiac by crossing over into the westbound lane of W. Coleman Rd; however the driver of the Pontiac corrected back into the westbound lane, where the collision occurred.

The driver of the Pontiac G6, a 24 year old female from Remus, suffered serious injuries and was airlifted from the scene by Aeromed to the Butterworth Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids.  The passenger of the Pontiac G6, identified as 31 year old Aaron Jacob Latham from Weidman, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced at the scene.

The driver of the tractor trailer, a 43 year old male from Farwell, was transported to McLaren Central Michigan for non-life threatening medical treatment by MMR.

The Michigan State Police were assisted by personnel from the Isabella County Sheriff Department, Mobile Medical Response, Aeromed, Nottawa – Sherman Twp. Fire Department, and the Isabella County Medical Examiner.

State Troopers are continuing to investigate the incident.  Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed the crash to contact the Michigan State Police Mt. Pleasant Post at (989) 773-5951.

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