3-vehicle accident linked to construction back-ups

This photo shows a three-vehicle accident Wednesday at the intersection of Wright Street and Van Evera Avenue in Marquette. (Journal photo by Christie Bleck)

MARQUETTE — Police say a three-vehicle accident at the intersection of Wright Street and Van Evera Avenue in Marquette was likely a result of traffic backups due to construction in the area.

The Marquette Police Department responded to the accident at about 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Detective Michael Archocosky said traffic on Wright Street was backed up past Van Evera due to construction.

Dominick Valentia, 64, of Gwinn, driving a 2005 Chevrolet Uplander, was attempting to cross Wright from Van Evera, but could not see past the backed up traffic, police said.

He attempted to cross and struck an eastbound 2004 Toyota Tacoma, which was pushed southward into another vehicle that was northbound on Van Evera.

That vehicle, a 2008 Ford four-door, was pushed into a stop sign on Van Evera.

The Chevrolet Uplander and Toyota Tacoma had to be towed from the scene.

Valentia was cited. No injuries were reported.

Archocosky said that Valentia “couldn’t see past the cars that were lined up, and I’m guessing that he … just went for it.”

Detective Capt. Mike Kohler said this kind of accident isn’t uncommon.

“It’s actually surprising that we haven’t experienced more of these accidents with all of the construction going on around town, to be honest with you. We haven’t gotten that many,” Kohler said.

Mary Wardell can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 248.