1 dead after 3 vehicle accident in northern Michigan

ALPENA, MI – One person died after a head-on accident that involved three vehicles at Alpena this week.

People in two of the vehicles were uninjured while three people in the third car sustained minor to severe injuries, according to a Michigan State Police press release. The three were transported to a local hospital where Martha M. Krajnik, 88, of Alpena, died shortly after arriving.

The accident occurred around 12:45 pm Monday, January 13, on Genschaw Road, near Princeton Avenue in Alpena, police said. An Chevrolet Trailblazer driven by an 18-year-old woman was traveling north on Genschaw when it swerved in the southbound lane to avoid a Ford F-150 which was stopped while waiting for another vehicle turned. The Trailblazer had minor contact with the F-150 before crashing head-on into a Toyota Prius heading south. The drivers of the Trailblazer and F-150 did not report any injuries.

The crash is still under investigation, police said. Alcohol does not seem to be a factor. Anyone who witnessed the accident is asked to call the MSP Alpena Post at 989-354-4101. The completed investigation will be sent to the Alpena County Procuratorate for review.

Soldiers from the MSP Alpena Post were assisted on site by the Alpena County Sheriff’s Office, the Alpena Township Fire Department, and the Alpena City Fire / EMS Service.

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