Construction worker dead, one with life-threatening injuries after hit by car
MANISTEE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- One construction worker is dead, and another one is suffering life-threatening injuries after they were hit by a vehicle while on the job in Manistee County.
Crews were called to the scene around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at US-31 and Russell Street in the Village of Bear Lake.
Deputies say a 66-year-old Bear Lake woman was driving through a construction zone when the vehicle she was operating crossed the center line, went off the roadway and struck the two workers.
A 20-year-old man from Pentwater died at the scene. A second victim, a 23-year-old man from Ludington, was taken by helicopter to Munson Medical Center Traverse City with life-threatening injuries.
Speed is believed to be a contributing factor.
According to witnesses there was no indication of the driver using her brakes. Deputies say the driver was wearing a seat belt at the time and was not injured in the crash.
The names of the victims are not being released until all family is notified.
The case remains under investigation. Deputies with the Manistee County Sheriff's Office were assisted by the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians, Bear Lake Fire Department, AeroMed EMS, and the Victims Services Unit.
Northbound and southbound US-31 were closed for several hours at Russell Street, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.