Names of 2 men killed in head-on crash in Pittsfield Township released by police
Melanie Maxwell | AnnArbor.com
Editor's note: The information about which vehicle crossed the centerline has been corrected in this article.
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The two men who died in a head-on crash Monday morning in Pittsfield Township are Benjamin Arthur Alden, 28, and Neil Nelson Stierle, 81, according to police.
Alden and Stierle were both killed at the scene of the crash on Michigan Avenue Monday. A 71-year-old Freedom Township woman was still in critical condition as of Monday afternoon.
Pittsfield Township Deputy Police Chief Gordy Schick said the crash is still under investigation.
“They’re still putting together the crash,” he said.
Officials said the westbound vehicle, a 2008 Chevrolet cobalt, driven by Alden, crossed the centerline and struck the eastbound vehicle, a 2005 Mercury Montego, driven by Neil Stierle. Officials initially said it was the eastbound vehicle that crossed the centerline.
The victims' families have been notified of their deaths.
Schick said an update with more detail on the crash was expected Monday afternoon.
Police responded at 8:29 a.m. Monday to Michigan Avenue near Textile Road, west of U.S. 23 for a report of a head-on crash.
Firefighters used the Jaws of Life to extricate Alden, Stierle and the woman from their vehicles. Huron Valley Ambulance transported the woman to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, officials said.
Michigan Avenue was closed between U.S. 23 and Platt Road for hours Monday morning while police investigated. The road opened again about noon Monday.