Traffic incident causes highway closure

IRON MOUNTAIN — Traffic lights were pulled down and power was disabled to the intersection of U.S. 2 and M-95 in Breitung Township Wednesday when a tractor-trailer operated by a 76-year-old Quinnesec man failed to negotiate a turn.

A trooper from the Michigan State Police Iron Mountain Post was waiting behind the tractor-trailer, the flatbed of which was loaded with equipment, at the junction in Dickinson County, according to an MSP press release.

The driver pulled into the intersection to turn left and failed to negotiate the turn, driving off the highway and striking a utility pole, pulling down the traffic lights for the intersection, according to the release.

There were no injuries involved in the incident, according to the release. Power has been disabled to the intersection and the debris was removed from the highway.

Temporary stop signs for southbound M-95 has been put in place.

The junction of the two highways was closed for about three hours while emergency crews worked to clear the intersection, according to the release.

The scene has been accessed by the Michigan Department of Transportation, and work will begin to repair the traffic lights as early as Friday.

Motorists are reminded to use caution when approaching the intersection until repairs can be made, according to the release.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Breitung Township Fire Department, Dickinson County Sheriff Department and the Dickinson County Road Commission.