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Truck falls through ice on Big Shag Lake

GWINN — No injuries were reported by the individual who drove their truck onto Forsyth Township’s Big Shag Lake, causing the vehicle to break through the ice Sunday evening.

The vehicle was removed from the lake at 11 p.m. Monday.

The Forsyth Township Police Department received the call around 5 p.m. Sunday and with the help of deputies from the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office determined the scene safe.

Officers then contacted the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for further assistance, said Forsyth Township police Sgt. Jesse Cadwell.

Crossroads Truck Repair and the DNR assessed the scene and advised the driver that they have 72 hours from when the incident occurred to pay to have their vehicle removed from the lake.

Cadwell said vehicles going through the ice is somewhat common in the Upper Peninsula and the Midwest, and he reminded those going out on the ice to use caution.

“With any ice always check to make sure it’s safe to walk on let alone drive on,” he said.

Check ice reports and recent weather reports to determine if ice is safe for travel, he added.

“The quick changes can also mean unfortunate death or serious harm or injury to others,” Cadwell said.

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy will evaluate the lake after the vehicle’s removal for any fluid cleanup.

Trinity Carey can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206. Her email address is tcarey@miningjournal.net.