42-Year-Old Killed in Van Buren Co. Rollover Crash

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HARTFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (April 2, 2014) — Frederick Neil Alburtus, 42, was killed Wednesday during a rollover crash.

Michigan State Police troopers from the Paw Paw post were called to eastbound I-94 at mile marker 48 in Hartford Township at about 3 p.m.

Alburtus lost control of his pick-up truck and ran off the right side of the roadway, and the truck rolled over. According to an MSP release, he was not wearing a seat belt and was ejected from the truck during the crash.

Alburtus was pronounced dead at the scene.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash and no one else was injured.  The incident remains under investigation.

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1 Comment

  • Ken

    I feel so bad writing this for two reasons, I know Fred & I saw it happen and not knowing it was Fred.
    I was heading to Coloma from Lawrence west bound no one in front of me.
    I was looking across at east bound and saw 1 pickup truck west bound
    coming toward me on his inside lane. Just then a cloud of light brown smoke blew up from the
    driver's front tire area.
    That second the truck shot to the right across right hand lane rolling down the south side ravine & back up the hill rolling over & over. The truck stopped rolling, bounce back upright & heading still east bound. I was glad to see the roof was not flat & the driver door was still closed. Hoping the person was just badly banged up inside. I saw the logo quickly on the driver's door. I knew that logo but could not place it.
    That smoke coming from the driver's front tire may of been a blow out or I feel the tire dropped of the shoulder into the gravel & Fred jerked the wheel to the right to keep from running into the Highway Great Cable System just off the shoulder, It may save cross over head-on. But also does ton of damage.
    Later evening I was called & told what I saw was Fred.
    I feel so sorry I couldn't do anything & the loss for his family!!
    Fred was a very nice guy & a hard worker. He will be a big loss to all of us….


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