Two injured seriously in Ishpeming crash

ISHPEMING – Two people remain in serious condition at Marquette General Hospital after being injured in a traffic accident in Ishpeming Thursday morning.

According to Ishpeming police, at approximately 6:45 a.m. 17-year-old Cassidee Kudis of National Mine was traveling north on South Pine Street in a 2001 Chrysler Intrepid when she crossed the center line on a curve in the road near Excelsior Street and struck a southbound 2004 Ford pickup truck head on.

Kudis and an unrelated 6-year-old female passenger were seriously injured. Police said the child, whose name they are not releasing at this time, was not wearing proper safety restraints at the time of the crash.

Kudis and the girl were taken to MGH, where Kudis underwent surgery Thursday afternoon and is listed in serious condition. Police said the 6-year-old was placed in the intensive care unit. Her current condition is unknown.

The driver of the truck, 43-year-old Lisa Holmgren of Ishpeming was treated at Bell Hospital and released.

Police said they believe excessive speed to be the cause of the crash, though the accident remains under investigation.

The Ishpeming City Police Department was assisted at the scene by the Ishpeming City Fire Department, Bell EMS and the Michigan State Police.

Zach Jay can be reached at 906-486-4401. His email address is