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MASON COUNTY, Mich. — A driver was killed when a sailboat crashed through his windshield during a head-on crash Saturday.

At 6:12 p.m. Saturday, deputies from the Mason County Sheriff’s Office responded to a three-vehicle crash on U.S. 10 west of Stiles Road in Mason County’s Amber Township.

Deputies say a 2005 Chevrolet Impala traveling eastbound on U.S.10 crossed the center line and sideswiped a westbound 2017 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck.  The Impala then collided head-on with a sailboat that was on a trailer.  The sailboat crashed through the windshield of the Impala, killing the driver.

The driver of the Silverado has been identified as Michael Stacey of Grand Rapids.  The driver of the vehicle that was pulling the sailboat has been identified as Donald Nelson of Whitehall.  Deputies have not yet released the identity of the driver of the Impala, pending notification of family.  Deputies say that Stacey reported minor injuries and Nelson was not injured.

Life EMS, the Ludington Fire Department Jaws of Life, the Scottville Fire Department and the Pere Marquette Fire Department all assisted at the scene.

It is unclear at this time if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash, which remains under investigation by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office.

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