Man airlifted to UPHS after discovered in serious medical condition

MARQUETTE — A man was airlifted to Upper Peninsula Health Systems after his pick-up truck was reported stuck in the road and he was found in “serious medical condition” at 8 a.m., Sunday on Martin Lake Road, according to the Forsyth Township Police Department.

An investigation revealed that the driver of the truck got the vehicle stuck sometime overnight on the seasonal, unplowed Martin Lake Road, where it passes close to Crusader Avenue.

A friend of the driver had went out looking for the driver in the morning and discovered the driver’s truck stuck in the snow.

The friend then followed the driver’s footprints through the snow in the woods and discovered the driver, who had been in the woods overnight for an unknown period of time. The friend then called 911.

When Forsyth Township Police responded to the scene, they tracked the footprints to the driver and the friend as they heard the friend yelling for help.

Responders attempted to walk the driver out of the woods, but immediately determined they could not due to “snow and other factors,” the press release states.

A member of the Forsyth Fire Department also heard the call and proceeded to the area on his own snowmobile, following the tracks to the area where the driver was located. A Forsyth Township emergency medical technician had also walked to the scene where the driver was located, bringing a sled with him.

The press release states responders were then able to get the driver to the area where Valley Med Helicopter was able to extract the driver and fly him to U.P. Health Systems for treatment.

Forsyth Township Police Department was also assisted by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

Officials were not able to be reached for further comment or update this morning.