According to Michigan Live, the deadly accident occurred around 6:45 am Monday when a PT Cruiser rear-ended a vehicle at an intersection, initiating a chain of collisions.
Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas stated that two vehicles traveling southbound on US-131 were slowing to make a turn near West Lyons Street. The PT Cruiser collided with the second vehicles, forcing it into the first vehicle which then burst into flames.
The impact forced the flaming vehicle into a power pole just south of West Lyons Street – the occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.
Emergency workers were unable to extricate the body until power workers removed the power pole that had fallen over in the crash.