By Terri Lee Sylvester

MONROE (WWJ) – Two accidents on northbound I-75 in the Monroe area Saturday night claim two lives. One accident occurred north of Newport at the 23 Mile marker, and there was a second, unrelated accident on the same stretch of I-75, this one north of 25.

The accident at the 23 Mile marker claimed the life of 58-year-old Cole Bruno, Jr. of Trenton. According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s office, shortly after 11:30 Saturday night, Bruno was driving his 2007 Ford Ranger northbound on I-75 when he was rear-ended by a 2001 Hyundai Elantra. That car, police say, was being driven by 28-year-old Terrence Collins of Adrian.

Both vehicles lost control and overturned. Bruno was pronounced dead at the scene. His 28-year-old son, Cole Bruno III, was traveling with him. He was taken to Oakwood South Shore Hospital, as was Collins, where both were listed in stable condition. Authorities say speed appears to be a factor in the crash.

Just up the road, at the 25 Mile marker, there was another, unrelated accident that claimed one person’s life.

Comments (19)
  1. Crash McCar says:

    Another day and two more deaths on Michigan highways. Obviously some people are not taking the vehicle system kinetic energy with some absorbed by the human body concept seriously. Some people are also ignoring steering control and vehicle instability at high speeds too. We now have two less people to worry about now due to stupid indifference of vehicle dynamics. Maybe the laws of man need to aggressively take over to remind offenders about the laws of science. Victims demand justice and prevention needs to be emphatically stated.

    Who will be next to die on Michigan highways? YOU?

  2. Melanie says:

    Prayers for the Bruno family, and to a speedy recover to Cole. You are all in our prayers. Mr. Bruno will be missed!

  3. Janet Phillips says:

    My daughter, Chelsea Phillips, saw the upside down pickup truck at the 25 mile marker accident and she stopped her car on the Southbound side of I-75, went over the median and helped console the young lady that was the surviving passenger of the other vehicle that was hit by the pickup truck. Chelsea is a sweet and brave girl.

  4. Shellie says:

    We were one of the first vehicles behind the accident and called 911. My fiance went to help the young girl who was trapped in the car but there was no hope. It was a nightmare! We can’t stop thinking about the whole situation, I’m sure your daughter, Chelsea can’t either. We were just allowed to get past the first accident 2 miles south of this one, had we been about 20 cars ahead it could have been us the guy in the pick up ran into. My heart goes out to the families of both accidents!

  5. Kristen says:

    ii really dont this whole story seeing we were driving next to the white Hyundai Elantra for some time. then the driver (a girl) broke through traffic and was gone for a while. we hit the first accident and the first thing that came to mind was where is that white car. after we broke of the first accident we almost hit the pick up truck and white hyundai. us and about 2 other cars were the first there. 2 black guys got out of their car and were trying to help the guy in the truck. that didnt work and gas was leaking. the accident took up all three lanes so you had to get around on the right shoulder. i called 911 right away. the driver girl was hangging out of her car bleeding. ive never seen such a horrible thing in my life. her whole door was taken off and you couldnt see the passanger due to the blown up air bags. and i dont agree with the story when they say they were not related accidents. i think the hyndai had everything to do with it.

    1. shellie says:

      Kristen, the second accident was not related. The pick up truck was driving south on the north bound lane and hit that girls car head on. There was a keg in the back of his truck so I’m not sure if he was drunk or not but the passenger of the car the girl was in did get out of the car with only minor injuries.

  6. erin says:

    my name is erin i was right behind her in the 1st crash at a stand still then i was 2 or 3 cars behind her when we veered over to the right…as soon as we got up to speed i saw acloud of smoke and isaw the truck flip over right in front of me when i came to a stop on the side of the road i was right in view of the driver of the car it was horrific… like a movie… i freaked out… my fingers wouldnt evev work on my phone… i have never seen such a thing…. the cousin of the girl kept asking for help..screaming… i felythorrible for her…. i feel like a coward… i left… but that vision i can not get out of my head i had nightmares last night…. please lets honor her and try to be safe on the road… thanks to all of u that were brave to help… my prayers are with all invoved

    1. Kristen says:

      yeah i was right next to her too. omg she looked so horrible i burst out into tears. did you see the two black guys get out of the car and try to pull the guys out?

  7. Kristen says:

    shellie what in the world are you talking about the white car rear ended the truck. !!!

    1. Janet says:

      Kristen, the white car rear ended the truck in the first accident. There was a pickup truck and Hyundai involved in both accidents. In the second accident, the pickup was driving on the wrong side of the highway and hit the young ladies head on.

  8. heather says:

    the man and his son in the first accedent in the truck was my ex husbands uncle his name was cole michael bruno he was a GREAT man and always happy he will be missed and i cant beleave hes gone

  9. heather says:

    not to be confused but the first accident with mr cole michael bruno was not involved with the second accident

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