Police respond to series of accidents

Michigan State Police responded to three rollover accidents across the county Tuesday and another that involved a chain-reaction collision of seven vehicles in Alpena.

Drivers in all three rollovers were believed to be going too fast for road conditions, and MSP troopers are investigating the third as a possible case of drunk driving, Sgt. Rich Tucker said. The chain-reaction accident resulted from a driver who failed to stop in time.

At around 2:40 p.m., emergency personnel were called to the intersection of Third Avenue and Hobbs Drive in Alpena after the multi-vehicle crash happened, Tucker said. No one was reportedly injured, and the accident happened when a 43-year-old Alpena man ran into a line of vehicles waiting for a traffic light. Ahead of him were six vehicles waiting for the same light, and the force of the initial impact pushed each vehicle into the one ahead of it.

Police found the Alpena man to be at fault for the accident and cited him, Tucker said.

At around 4:30 p.m., a 65-year-old Alpena man flipped his van after losing control on M-32 in Green Township, Tucker said. The driver was using the inside lane to pass another vehicle in the passing lane when he lost control of his Chevrolet van. Despite rolled twice down an embankment into a field, the driver suffered only minor injuries and was taken to Alpena Regional Medical Center.

Snow was starting to blow at the time, although the roads were not yet covered, Tucker said. The man was cited for driving too fast for conditions.

A 43-year-old Alpena woman needed help from firefighters to get out of her Chevrolet pickup truck after flipping it onto its side on Long Rapids Road near Four Mile Road, Tucker said. She was driving too fast for conditions when she lost control and slid into a ditch, causing the vehicle to tip. She was not injured, and was cited for the accident.

Alpena Township firefighters assisted at the scene, according to an Alpena County dispatcher.

Police are still investigating a third rollover that ended with a Chevrolet S-10 on its roof at the intersection of Wegmeyer Road and Napper Road in Wilson Township, Tucker said. So far, they suspect a Hillman man was driving the pickup and approached the intersection going too fast. The truck slid through the intersection into the ditch, where it overturned. A passer-by reported the accident, and no one was at the scene when troopers arrived.

Evidence at the crash suggests alcohol may be a factor, and troopers could cite the driver for leaving the scene and other charges, Tucker said.

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