MILAN, Mich. (WWJ) – Five people have been injured in a multi-vehicle crash along US 23 south of Ann Arbor.
Northbound US 23 was shut down at Plank Road in Milan early in the afternoon commute due to the accident involving two semi trucks and several cars.
At 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Kenneth Woody, 60, of Belleville was driving a blue 1998 Peterbilt truck tractor, pulling two gravel train trailers, northbound on US 23 when he drove onto the right shoulder and crashed into a disabled gray 2006 Western Star with a flatbed trailer. Steven Austin, 58, of Flesherton, Ontario had previously pulled onto the shoulder after experiencing mechanical issues. It was reported that Austin was outside his truck when the crash occurred.
After initial impact, Woody’s truck bounced back in the roadway and sideswiped a maroon 2013 Nissan Rogue driven by G Roy McMillon, 64, of Battle Creek. There were two other passengers in McMillon’s car.
Both Woody and McMillon’s vehicles careened into the median after impact. The collision resulted in Woody’s truck to jackknife and overturn, with the two gravel trailers spilling debris into the median.
Woody was airlifted by Survival Flight to the University of Michigan Hospital where he is now listed in critical condition. The remaining four drivers and passengers were transported by EMS to a local hospital where they are now all listed in stable condition.
Northbound US 23 has been reopened. It was previously completely blocked near Plank Rd., with traffic slow from just north of Dundee. The left lane was blocked on the southbound side, also at Plank, with traffic slow back to Willis Rd.