Man dead after 2-vehicle US 2 crash

GARDEN CORNERS — U.S. 2 was closed for more than three hours Monday following a fatal accident involving a car and semi-truck.

Michigan State Police troopers from the Gladstone post and the Manistique detachment were dispatched to the intersection of U.S. 2 and County Road 483 for a two-vehicle crash, according to an MSP press release.

Upon arriving at the scene, troopers observed a heavily damaged passenger car at rest in the eastbound lane and a semi in the north ditch. The driver of the passenger car, Donald Kuhr, 61, of Rapid River, had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Jaws of Life, and was transported to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital by Rampart Ambulance, police said. He later died from his injuries at the hospital.

Police said the initial crash scene investigation showed Kuhr failed to stop when leaving the parking lot of Foxy’s Den. Kuhr was attempting to turn westbound on U.S. 2 when his vehicle was struck by an eastbound semi, police said.

The uninjured semi driver was treated and released from Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital. Police did not release that driver’s name at this time.

The crash remains under investigation.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Garden Fire Department, Nahma Fire Department, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Delta County Sheriff’s Office, Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department, Rampart Ambulance, Tri-County Ambulance, MSP-Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division, Gene’s Towing and Pro Towing.

Following the closure of U.S. 2, a temporary detour was established in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Transportation until the highway was ready to be reopened.