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Marquette man dies in 2-vehicle accident on M-553

MARQUETTE — A 25-year-old man from Marquette died early Friday evening following a two-vehicle accident on M-553 just south of Marquette Mountain, the Marquette Police Department said.

Police said that at approximately 5:34 p.m. Friday, officers responded to the crash, arriving on scene and discovering a deceased male subject and several others with severe injuries.

A preliminary investigation showed the collision occurred when a southbound vehicle, driven by a 21-year-old female from Marquette, lost control of her vehicle and collided with a northbound vehicle driven by a 41-year-old Marquette man.

The 25-year-old male from Marquette was ejected from the southbound vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. A 4-year-old passenger in the southbound vehicle was also severely injured. The child was initially transported to Upper Peninsula Health System, then airlifted to an unspecified downstate hospital for further treatment.

The front-seat passenger of the southbound vehicle, a 28-year-old Marquette man, was transported to UPHS-Marquette for treatment of injuries. The driver and passengers of the northbound vehicle received minor injuries.

The female driver of the southbound vehicle was arrested on a charge of operating while intoxicated. The incident remains under investigation, and additional charges are expected.

Assisting on the scene were the Michigan State Police, Marquette Fire Department, Marquette Township Fire Department, UPHS EMS and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office.

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