TEKONSHA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — One person is dead and four others are recovering following an crash Sunday morning in which the driver struck a tree, police say.
Troopers with Michigan State Police responded to northbound 1-69 near N Drive South for a single vehicle crash. The vehicle was found in the median of the roadway with five people inside. The driver had apparently fallen asleep, sending the car off the road and into a tree located in the median. Police say it doesn’t appear that alcohol and drugs contributed to the crash.
The group was said to be returning from Birmingham, Alabama after attending a church event.
One passenger, a 64-year-old man, was pronounced dead on scene. A 46-year-old man was airlifted to a local hospital for treatment,. Two other passengers, a 47-year-old female and a 68 year-old-female, were taken by ambulance to a hospital for treatment. The driver of the vehicle, a 57-year-old male, was in serious condition. All occupants were from Grand Rapids.
Police credit the wearing of seat belts and airbags with saving the lives of the remaining occupants. The incident remains under investigation.