Woman drives head on into car on US-10, 2 dead

August 26, 2016

By Pat Maurer

A Marion woman and a Windsor, Ohio man died Monday morning in a tragic head-on collision on east bound U.S. 10 at Old State Avenue.

A release from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department said Ines Brocht, 86 of Marion was driving her 2005 silver Mercury Sable west in the east bound lane of the freeway when the accident happened.

She hit a 2012 red Chevrolet Traverse driven by Charles Sarbach, 72, of Windsor near the exit ramp to Old State Avenue. Both Brocht and Sarbach were killed in the crash.

Charles’s wife Janelle Sarbach, 71, of Winsor, a passenger in the couple’s Chevrolet, was critically injured in the accident and transported to Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland where she was reported to be still in critical condition at press time.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene around 9:45 a.m. when another driver, also east bound reported the wrong-way driver. The accident happened while they were enroute.

Both vehicles were reportedly going around 70 miles per hour when they collided.

In an interview with 9 & 10 news, Sheriff John Wilson said although a vehicle reported going the wrong way on the express way has happened “six or seven times” while he has been on the department, most of the time the wrong-way driver gets turned around before officers can arrive. “When they don’t, we are lucky to have any survivors in a head-on accident at that speed,” he said.

East bound U.S. 10 was closed and traffic re-routed while the accident scene was cleaned up.

Clare County Deputies were assisted by Mobile Medical Response Ambulance, Surrey Township Fire Department, Clare Fire Department, Mid-Michigan, Towing, Joe’s Auto Solution and the Clare County Road Commission at the scene.
The accident remains under investigation.

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