HASTINGS TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Michigan State Police troopers say a father and a son are dead, following a one-car crash Saturday night in Hastings Township.
Barry County Central Dispatch is asking motorists to avoid the area. However, residents who live in the area are being allowed through, as of 9:50 p.m. Saturday.
The location is on S. Charlton Park Road, south of Center Road. Dispatch says in a social-media post Charlton Park Road “will be closed between Center Road and River Road until further notice.”
The crash occurred just before 7:30 p.m. Michigan State Police are handling the on-scene investigation.
MSP/Wayland post Sergeant David Casell told FOX 17 at the scene, “My accident investigators are still looking at it. He (the driver) definitely kind of lost control of his car and went into the tree. We’re not sure why. As far as right now, we don’t believe alcohol or drugs were a factor, at all. We don’t believe that’s the case, but (MSP) is still working on the accident part of it.”
On Sunday morning, MSP said the driver of the vehicle, a 55-year-old man, and his 12-year-old son were pronounced dead at the scene.
The initial investigation shows that the driver appears to have lost control of his vehicle and ran off the roadway. striking a tree.
Alcohol or drugs do not appear to have contributed to the crash.
State Police Accident Investigators were called to the scene. The crash remains under investigation.
The Barry County Sheriff’s Department and Hastings Fire Department assisted at the scene.
The victims’ names have not been released.