Kalamaoo County


07/30/2012 - Oshtemo - Semi Struck While Turning Around on US-131, Driver Killed
A pickup pulling a camper struck a semi truck that was turning across the northbound lanes of US-131 to illegally use an Emergency Vehicle crossover.  The semi driver was fatally injured

On 7/30/2012 at approximately 1:16pm, the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Dept’s Oshtemo Traffic Unit as well as several other County Deputies responded to a fatal traffic accident on N/B US-131 just north of M-43.  The crash involved two vehicles, a semi tractor trailer with a Canadian driver, and a pickup truck pulling a camper, driven by a Shelbyville resident. 

When units arrived, the semi tractor trailer was fully engulfed.  The driver of the semi was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Witness statements indicate the semi tractor trailer was crossing traffic from the right shoulder attempting to turn around in the Emergency Vehicles Only turn around and pulled into the path of the N/B pickup truck pulling the camper. 

The driver of the pickup truck sustained only minor injuries and walked away from the accident

The Kalamazoo County Sheriff's Office was assisted by Oshtemo Twp Fire Department, Michigan State Police, and MDOT.

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Kalamazoo County
Sheriff's Office
1500 Lamont
Kalamazoo, MI 49048
(269) 383-8821

    Richard C Fuller
    James Vandyken