Manchester man killed after head-on crash with jackknifed semi
Editor's note: This story was updated at 5:15 p.m. to reflect that the crash victim has died.
A 73-year-old Manchester man died after suffering major injuries when a semi-truck that jackknifed on an icy M-52 hit his car head on, pinning him inside, according to police.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derrick Jackson said the Manchester man was driving his 2011 Ford Fiesta north on M-52 near Bethel Church Road in Sharon Township when the semi-truck driving south struck the vehicle. Deputies were sent to the scene of the crash at about 8:34 a.m. Wednesday, Jackson said.
Jackson said later Wednesday afternoon that the man had died from his injuries.
Jackson said the driver of the semi-truck was slowing down the vehicle, because another car ahead of him was turning, when he lost control.
The semi-truck jackknifed into oncoming traffic, striking the Ford Fiesta. The truck was a 2007 International Tractor with trailer, carrying about 8,000 pounds of milk. It was driven by a 43-year-old man from Jonesville, Jackson said.
The 73-year-old Manchester man was removed from the Ford Fiesta by the Manchester Fire Department and the Huron Valley Ambulance service. The process of cutting the man out of the vehicle took a long time, Jackson said.
Survival Flight transported the Manchester man to University of Michigan Hospital.
The semi-truck also struck a large truck that was stopped in the southbound lanes of the roadway, Jackson said. The 56-year-old Oak Park man driving that truck had minor injuries, according to Jackson.