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Semi and Two Vehicle Crash Shuts Down US 31

According to WZZM13, a semi-truck was invoolved in a two vehicle crash, resulting in life-threatening injuries.

Details about the Multiple Vehicle Crash

According to police, a semi driver, Jonathon Ashley, hit two vehicles on Tuesday afternoon driving on US-31 in New Era, Michigan. Ashley, age 25 of Ludington, allegedly was distracted while driving when he hit the vehicles. Ashley told police he looked right at a truck that was leaving the freeway at Stoney Lake Road around 12:45 p.m. He then said traffic had begun to slow in front of him as he looked back to the road.

Ashley was driving an Apache Logistics semi-truck, while the two vehicles he hit were a Subaru Outback driven by Benjamin Weston of Port Huron and a Mazda 6 driven by Jerrine Forrest of Pennsylvania. As a result of the three-vehicle collision, all three of the vehicles were thrown off of the road and onto the median.
According to investigators of the accident, all five of the people that were in the Weston car were taken to the hospital. The three Weston children, Connor aged 4, Dylan aged 7, and Logan aged 11, sustained the most serious injuries of those that were injured in the crash. According to Craig Mast, Oceana County Sheriff’s Office Lt., some of the injuries have been ruled to be life-threatening. Mast also stated that all seven people involved in the crash were taken to the hospital. The driver of the Mazda 6, Jerrine Forrest, was the only person in that vehicle and was taken to the hospital. With that, Jonathon Ashely, the driver of the semi-truck, was the only person in the semi-truck and was taken to the hospital, as well.

As a result of the accident, US-31 was shut down near the crash scene for over six hours. Several rescue personnel were present on the scene, as well as a Michigan State Police accident reconstructionist.

Truck Crash Statistics According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:

• In 2012, 3,802 large trucks were involved in fatal crashes, a 5-percent increase from 2011. Large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles increased by 3 percent, from 0.137 in 2011 to 0.141 in 2012.
• Between 2002 and 2012 the number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes decreased from 4,587 to 3,802, a drop of 17 percent
• The number of large trucks involved in injury crashes decreased from 94,000 to 77,000, a drop of 18 percent.
• From 2011 to 2012, The number of large trucks involved in fatal crashes increased by 5 percent, from 3,633 to 3,802, and the vehicle involvement rate for large trucks in fatal crashes (vehicles involved in fatal crashes per 100 million miles traveled by large trucks) increased by 4 percent.
• From 2011 to 2012,The number of large trucks involved in injury crashes increased by 22 percent, from 63,000 to 77,000, and the vehicle involvement rate for large trucks in injury crashes increased by 22 percent.


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