CASCO TOWNSHIP (WKZO) -- One truck driver was killed, another treated and released after two semi’s collided head-on on I-196 just north of South Haven yesterday morning.
State Police say that a southbound semi went out of control, got tangled in the cable barrier in the median, but that didn’t stop the truck from getting into a northbound traffic lane and colliding head on with another semi.
The driver of the southbound truck was dead at the scene.
He has tentatively been identified by family members as 38-year-old Alan Chase, an employee of Teddy’s Transport of Holland.
It happened near Mile Marker 25 just before 7 a.m. Wednesday in Casco Township, and closed down part of the highway in southern Allegan County until 2:00 in the afternoon.
Why didn’t the cable barrier prevent the two semi’s from colliding?
Nick Schrippa at M-DOT says there was no cable barrier on that side of the median, that it was on the other side and they aren’t really expected or designed to handle an impact from the rear of the barrier like that, especially if it’s a semi.
He says there were no skid marks on the southbound lanes, suggesting the at-fault driver either fell asleep or had a medical issue and hit the barrier at full speed.
An autopsy is planned.