FENTON TOWNSHIP (WJRT) (2/9/2018) - A Clio woman died and another man was injured in a multiple vehicle crash Friday that closed a stretch of U.S. 23 through Fenton Township.
The crashes started happening around 11:20 a.m. on U.S. 23 near the Fenton rest area.
The 33-year-old Clio was driving a Chevrolet Cruze northbound on U.S. 23 when she stopped along with a cargo van and two semi trucks. The driver of a 2018 Freightliner approaching from behind could not stop and slammed into the car.
The car was sandwiched between the cargo van and the semi trucks. The cargo van got shoved into a semi truck in front of it, which pushed that semi truck into another.
The Freightliner, which had a 54-year-old Flat Rock man behind the wheel, was partially on top of the Cruze when the first rescue workers arrived on the scene.
The Clio woman was pronounced dead on the scene while the 44-year-old North Branch man driving the cargo van was transported to Hurley Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
No other drivers reported injuries.
More semi trucks and passenger vehicles crashed separately farther north of that crash.
The freeway was snow covered and slippery as moderate to heavy snow was falling at the time. Police said a layer of ice below the snow made the road surface extremely slick.
Multiple police agencies and fire departments were on the freeway working to investigate the crashes, treat the injured and clean up. Officers could not immediately confirm the number and severity of injuries.
U.S. 23 northbound was closed at Silver Lake Road in Fenton for several hours. All northbound traffic was being diverted off the freeway there and allowed back on at Thompson Road.