Local briefing

2-car crash near M-553 intersection

MARQUETTE — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post were dispatched to a two-car crash that took place at about 3 p.m. Friday on M-553 near the Marquette County Road 480 intersection, known as the Crossroads.

The accident occurred, police said, when Duane Ruska, 64, of Sands Township, failed to yield the right of way when entering onto M-553 from the north side of the Crossroads Mini Mart. Ruska was driving a 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee when he attempted a left-hand turn to go north on M-553 and drove out in front of a vehicle driven by Mary Albarello-Burbey, 55, of Sands Township. She was driving a 2005 Dodge Caravan south on M-553 approaching the Crossroads intersection when the crash occurred.

Ruska and Albarello-Burbey both were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. Albarello-Burbey was transported to UP Health System-Marquette for treatment of injuries she received as a result of the crash, police said.

Ruska was determined to be at fault and was cited for failing to yield the right of way and operating with an expired driver’s license.

Assisting at the scene were Chocolay Township police, Sands Township first responders and UP Health System-Marquette.

Baraga Avenue work underway

MARQUETTE — Oberstar, Inc. on Friday started replacing sanitary sewer laterals on the 200 block of West Baraga Avenue in Marquette. The work along the block will be completed in sections to minimize parking disruptions along the street, according to a release from the city.

This work is the prerequisite for the milling/overlaying for this street. The work will be performed with the road closed to through traffic between Fourth and Third streets. City officials urge the public to use extreme caution and follow all warning signs, detour signs and other traffic control measures.

This work is expected to be completed in one week. Additional announcements will be forthcoming for mill and overlay activities.