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Thursday proved to be a deadly day on Southwest Michigan roads


SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN  (WKZO) -- Maybe Thursday’s sunshine gave drivers a false sense of security, but it was by far the deadliest and most dangerous day in a week of treacherous days on area roadways.

A 41-year-old Allendale man was critically injured when his car slammed into a tow truck pulling another car out of the median Thursday morning at about 9:30. on U.S.131 near the Bradley Exit.

Police believe he was driving too fast for conditions and just couldn’t swerve away when he had to. The unidentified victim was airlifted to Spectrum Health with critical head injuries.

Deputies in Branch County say a 49-year-old woman from Bronson was killed when her eastbound car slid thru a stop sign at Cranston onto Block Road and was crushed by a southbound semi about 7:30 Thursday morning. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Kalamazoo County Deputies say a truck driver from Haslett was killed when he slammed into the back of another semi west bound on I-94 near Galesburg late yesterday morning. Undersheriff Pali Matyas says the two drivers were friends driving for the same company. He says the driver in front locked up his brakes when he spotted something ahead. The driver in the second truck could not stop in time and slammed into the back of the trailer of the first truck. 

Both Trucks caught fire. The second truck actually hit the first one so hard that it knocked the engine off its mounts and split the fuel tanks.

The dead driver has been identified as 58-year-old Chester Thorn of Haslett. The other driver was treated for a head injury and released.

The collision of the two semis caused a number of cars behind them to begin swerving, some of them piling into each other, causing minor wrecks for a quarter mile or more, but no injuries.Traffic was diverted for hours while they cleaned up the wreckage.