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Two-vehicle crash on U.S. 31

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:15 am

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 6:11 p.m. Tuesday two-vehicle crash at U.S. 31 near Treml Road that reportedly injured two people.

Police report that Theodore Hegedus, 68, of Ludington, was driving north on U.S. 31 in slushy, blowing snow conditions when he lost control of the vehicle and it started to spin with its rear end sliding into the southbound lane, where it collided with a southbound vehicle driven by Richard Biers, 65 of Free Soil.

Police reported that Biers and Hegedus’ passenger, Gay Hegedus, 65, of Ludington, were injured during the accident. They were both treated for their injuries at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and were released.

According to Gary Dittmer, Mason County Road Commission managing director, crews were out and melting material had been put on the road. After sunset, around 5 p.m., he said wet roads will sometimes refreeze and can create black ice — a thin coating of ice on the road surface difficult to see and even more difficult to maintain traction on. “It can develop almost immediately,” he said.

About four inches of new snow fell overnight in the Walhalla area, he reported, though less in much of the county. Crews will work roads today, and “as necessary,” on Thanksgiving Day.

Other accidents

The MCSO responded to five accidents Tuesday. They occurred at:

• 8:20 a.m. at Hansen Road near Amber Road when a vehicle driven by Daniel Walters, 33, of Scottville, slid off the road to the right and struck a tree. Madelyne Walters, 5, who was a passenger in the vehicle, was treated for injuries at Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital and was released.

• 3:08 p.m. at Washington Avenue near First Street when a northbound Ludington snowplow struck a small truck that had failed to yield to oncoming traffic.

• 9:45 a.m. at Fountain and Benson roads that involved a vehicle striking a tree with no one injured.

• 2:36 p.m. at U.S. 10 near Meyers Road involving two vehicles and no injuries.

• 7:08 p.m. at U.S. 10 near Stiles Road involving a rollover with no reported injury.

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