Truck’s system alerts deputies to crash; 2 injured

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SHERMAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Investigators in Mason County are crediting a vehicle’s crash notification system for alerting them to a New Year’s Eve crash that seriously injured two men. 

Mason County Sheriff’s Deputies say the 2012 Ford F-150 pickup truck reported the driver was unconscious and the passenger was pinned in the vehicle following the crash, which happened shortly before 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Area firefighters, Life EMS and Michigan State Police helped deputies at the scene on Custer Road near Millerton Road in Sherman Township, about 15 miles northeast of Ludington.

Deputies say the driver, a 54-year-old man from Prospect Heights, Illinois was taken to a Spectrum Health’s Ludington hospital then transferred to a Grand Rapids hospital. The passenger, a 58-year-old man from Chicago, was taken to a Munson’s Manistee hospital before he was transferred to Munson Hospital in Traverse City.

Investigators say both men were wearing safety belts.

Deputies believe alcohol played a role in the crash, which remains under investigation.

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