2 hospitalized in fair condition after Friday township crash

MARQUETTE – Two local women hurt in a three-car crash Friday afternoon in Marquette Township, were recovering from their injuries in fair condition Saturday at Marquette General Hospital.

Bonnie Lindberg, 64, of Skandia and Lorraine Schaaf, 48, of Gwinn were taken to the hospital by Marquette General EMS Friday.

Michigan State Police troopers from the post in Negaunee Township said the accident was reported at 4:10 p.m. and occurred in the westbound lanes of U.S. 41 West, between Erickson and Bancroft streets.

Police said Lindberg drove a 2004 Mercury Sable onto U.S. 41 into the path of two westbound vehicles.

A 1994 Plymouth Voyager driven by Leonard Holm, 44, of Marquette collided with Lindberg’s car.

After that collision, Lindberg’s car remained in motion and crashed into a 1993 Acura Integra driven by Andrew Koepp, 23, of Marquette, police said. All three vehicles were damaged significantly and had to be towed from the scene by Marquette Detailing.

Lindberg and Schaaf, who was a passenger in Lindberg’s car, suffered serious injuries, according to police. Koepp, Holm and his passenger, Erik Holm, 22, were not injured, police said.

All vehicle occupants were properly wearing safety belts.

Police said Lindberg was at fault in the crash for failing to yield to oncoming traffic. Troopers said the accident remains under investigation. An accident investigator was at the scene.

Traffic was temporarily delayed along U.S. 41 while the accident scene was being surveyed.

The Marquette Township Fire Department assisted state police at the accident scene.

John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. His email address is jpepin@miningjournal.net.