Train crashes into semi-truck in Fraser, no injuries reported

Four days after Thanksgiving, Ray Mehovic found another reason to be thankful.

The Roseville semi-truck driver was driving his empty trailer home Monday during the evening rush hour when his rig was struck by a CN train in Fraser. However, Mehovic — and a few other motorists — walked away without any injuries.

“Thank God, nobody got hurt,” he said.

Mehovic, who was born in the former Yugoslavia and speaks broken English, wasn’t able to fully explain what had happened.

“This is just hard to describe…I’m having difficulty,” he said.

The incident happened on Utica Road just north of Groesbeck Highway about 5:30 p.m. Witnesses said traffic on southbound Utica was snarled bumper-to-bumper due to an existing accident when the train pulling an unknown number of cars approached the vehicles.

Motorists inched their way away from the railroad crossing as the train smashed into the truck, which caused a chain reaction. Mehovic’s truck jackknifed and hit a heating and cooling vehicle in front of it, which then struck the rear of a car stopped in traffic.

Mehovic said the train’s warning whistle blew too late to alert him to move his rig, which was still on the tracks.

Several utility lines — power and communication wires, police at the scene said — were knocked down in the collision.

Some of the sparking wires from a transformer landed on the car Jeanine Dewuaneler was driving, destroying the windshield.

“The semi hit a truck, which hit me from behind and the wires came falling down,” said Dewuaneler of St. Clair Shores, who was on her way home from work. “Then the windshield just exploded. There were a bunch of explosions. It was very scary.”

Dewuaneler was not hurt in the incident. She called her husband to come to pick her up as her car was being towed away.

DTE Energy and AT&T crews arrived to begin making repairs. None of the nearby businesses appeared to have lost power in the crash.



Driver crashes, dies while trying to pass semi on Kansas highway

SCOTT CITY, Kan. –A 39-year-old woman was killed when she crashed her car while attempting to pass a tractor-trailer on a western Kansas highway.

It happened just after 7:15 p.m. Monday on Route 83 in Scott County. The Kansas Highway Patrol says Mony Conner’s Toyota Camry and the semi were heading south at mile marker 119 when Conner tried to pass the rig.

Conner’s vehicle swiped the driver’s side on an oncoming vehicle and then side-swiped the semi.

Conner, of Dodge City, died at the scene.

The 35-year-old driver of the semi and 19-year-old driver of the third vehicle, both from Garden City, were not hurt.

Funeral to be held for Sask. firefighter killed in line of duty

Darrell Morrison, 46, was killed in the line of duty at a crash site 23 kilometers north of Rosetown on Nov. 21, 2018. (Darrell Morrison/Facebook)

First responders from across Western Canada will gather Tuesday to honor one of their own.

A funeral will be held in Rosetown for Darrell Morrison, a volunteer firefighter who died Nov. 21 after being hit by a semi truck while working at the scene of a crash on Highway 4.

“Probably the most dangerous environment, the one that involves the most risk (of) firefighter injuries and fatalities are any time that we’re working along a traveled portion of a roadway,” said Jason Everett, vice-president of the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs.

Morrison will be saluted with a full honors parade beginning at the Rosetown Elks Lodge at 1:45 p.m. ahead of a private funeral service to be held at the Rosetown Civic Centre at 2 p.m.

Everett said police and paramedics will join firefighters to honor Morrison.

“It tends to kind of fit across the realm. It’s by no means just a fire presence, but the whole first responder family.”

Morrison was 46 when he died.

Police ID man run over and killed on I-69, looking for black sedan

WOODHULL TWP, – Police have released the name of the man killed in an early morning crash Tuesday on Interstate 69 in Shiawassee County.

James Edward Ware, 51, of Morrice, was killed about 4:37 a.m. on Nov. 20 when he lost control of the pickup truck he was driving east on I-69 near Bath Road, crossed the median and was struck by a semi, the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Ware was ejected from his vehicle and was run over by a black sedan, which left the scene, police said.

Police are still trying to find the person who was driving the sedan. Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call investigators at 989-743-3411, extension 7223.

The crash had I-69 closed for hours on Tuesday during the investigation.


Morrice man killed after crash with semi throws him from the vehicle and is run over

The 51-year-old Morrice man was driving east on Interstate 69 about 4:37 a.m. on Nov. 20 near Bath Road in Woodhull Township when he lost control, crossed the median and was hit by the semi, the Shiawassee County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

Driver Killed In Crash Involving 2 Box Trucks, Semi in Osceola County

Not much has been released, except that the crash involved two box trucks and a semi and one of the box trucks drivers died at the scene, according to authorities.

OSCEOLA COUNTY — A driver has died after being in a crash that involved two box trucks and a semi tractor-trailer early Wednesday morning, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at around 6:20 a.m. on the onramp from State Road 417 to westbound Interstate 4, according to Lt. Kim Montes of the FHP.

Not much has been released, except that the crash involved two box trucks and a semi and one of the box trucks drivers died on the scene, stated Montes.

The State Road 417 ramp to the I-4 was closed, but it has since been reopened.

State Road 417 was closed, but now back open