BRUCE TWP. (WWJ) – Authorities say two men are dead and another is hospitalized after an accident in northern Macomb County.

The accident happened around 7 p.m. Thursday on northbound Van Dyke Avenue just north of 33 Mile Road in Bruce Township.

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The Sheriff’s Department says 79-year old Donald Lawrence, of Shelby Township, and 80-year old Edwin Kriewall, of Armada, died after their 2000 Chrysler Town & Country minivan crashed into the back of a 1997 Chevy conversion van.

The impact of the crash caused both vehicles to leave the roadway, and caused the conversion van to roll onto its side.

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Investigator say traffic was stopped at a red light and Lawrence, who was driving, didn’t stop for some unknown reason. He was declared dead at the scene. Kriewall was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

The 27-year-old driver of the conversion van received minor injuries, and a passenger was seriously injured. Both men were transported to a local hospital. The driver has since been released; The passenger’s current condition is unknown.

Van Dyke Avenue was closed for several hours while police investigated the scene, but was re-opened to traffic around 1 a.m. Friday.

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The crash remains under investigation. Anyone who may have witnessed the accident is urged to contact police at 586-307-9412.