Bitter cold, black ice cause crash

NEGAUNEE – Only two minor injuries were reported after black ice, snow and frigid temperatures caused hazardous road conditions resulting in a nine-vehicle accident Monday.

Troopers from the Michigan State Police Post in Negaunee Township were dispatched to U.S. 41 near Brebner Road just before 1 p.m. Monday, after receiving several 911 calls about the crash.

Police said that the crash began when Theresa Selman, 54, of Ishpeming lost control of her westbound 2001 Honda, crossing the snow-covered meridian and sliding into the path of two eastbound vehicles. Selman first collided with a 2013 Toyota Highlander driven by 74-year-old Eleanor Weaver of Republic. Selman went on to collide with a 2002 Buick Century driven by Kelly Illikainen, 22, of Negaunee.

While attempting to avoid the collision of the first three vehicles, others lost control and crashed into either another vehicle, the guardrail or the ditch.

An ambulance from Marquette General Hospital stopped to give assistance when it was hit by a 2004 Chevy Impala driven by 19-year-old Casey Juntila of Champion while she was trying to avoid the other crashed vehicles.

Vehicle occupants suffered only two minor injuries, and all were wearing properly fastened seat belts at the time of the accident.

Police determined Selman to be at fault in the crash, driving too fast for conditions.

Assisting at the scene were Marquette General EMS, Negaunee Township Fire Department, Whistler’s Towing and Antilla’s Towing, among others.

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401.