MILAN, Mich. (WJBK) - Four people were injured and one critically in a gravel hauler truck crash on US-23 in Milan Friday afternoon.
The driver of a truck pulling two gravel trailers, 60-year-old Kenneth Woody is in critical condition after causing the three-vehicle accident. He was airlifted from the scene by Survival Flight to the University of Michigan Hospital.
The crash happened when Woody, from Belleville, was headed northbound near Cone Road when he struck a disabled flatbed trailer on the right shoulder, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office. It is not known why Woody's truck drifted onto the right shoulder, police said.
The driver of the trailer had pulled over with mechanical issues before the crash and was not inside at the time of the crash.
A third vehicle was struck by the truck tractor which veered back onto the highway and sideswiped a Nissan Rogue, sending it into the meridian. At this point, police say the truck jackknifed and overturned, spilling stone debris into the median.
Inside the Rogue, the 64-year-old driver and his 63-year-old wife from Battle Creek and her mother, 83, were also hospitalized but are in stable condition.
Northbound US-23 has remained closed since the crash, in order to accommodate the clean-up efforts. The sheriff's office anticipates at least one northbound lane of the Interstate resuming within the next hour.
The crash remains under investigation by Monroe County Sheriff's Office Traffic Services Division. Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Jon Cregar at (734) 240-7756.