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2 Reported Dead; Others Injured In Telegraph Road Crash After Tool Truck Collides With Van Carrying Special Needs Adults

July 06, 2018 - 4:30 pm

FRENCHTOWN TWP. (WWJ) - Two people are reported dead and several others are hospitalized following a van crash on Telegraph Road in Monroe County. 

The accident happened on Telegraph Road near Heiss Road in Frenchtown Township, at around 2:30 p.m. Friday. The driver of a Ford E-350 van carrying seven developmentally disabled adults -- all who live in a facility in Taylor -- was hit by a Matco Tools truck that was traveling northbound on Telegraph.

The van rolled over and all nine passengers -- including two staff members -- were pinned inside.

A 60-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene and Michigan State Police Lt. Tony Cuevas confirmed that a 66-year-old woman died at Beaumont Trenton Hospital.

Two passengers of the van were hospitalized in critical condition; one of them was transported via Life Flight helicopter. The woman who died later in the day was one of the ones that was listed in critical condition. The other passengers, as well as the driver of the tool truck, were taken to various hopsitals in stable condition.

Cuevas said authorities are not sure of the condition of the others involved in the accident. He said they expect to have updates by Saturday morning.

The van was returning to a Vocational Opportunity Center in Taylor from Calder's Dairy Farm in nearby Carleton.

An investigation is underway as to what caused the crash, but the Monroe News reports that witnesses say the truck driver had the right of way.

WWJ Newsradio 950 is working to verify more details. Stay tuned for more information.