Serious Injury Accident near Watervliet

DATE AND TIME OF INCIDENT:     August 9, 2019 @ approx. 6:30pm

 

TYPE OF INCIDENT:  Serious Injury Accident                       

 

LOCATION OF INCIDENT:   Interstate 94 Eastbound at 42 mm near the county line            

 

AGENCIES INVOLVED: BCSD, Watervliet PD, Watervliet Fire, Pokagon Police, MSP, Berrien County Sheriff Watervliet Twp patrol, BC Accident unit

 



 

NARRATIVE:

 

On Friday afternoon at approx. 6:30 pm emergency personnel responded to an unknown injury accident on I-94 eastbound near the county line in Watervliet Twp.  Upon arrival they found that a chain reaction accident had occurred involving several vehicles.  Traffic was stopped and backed up for road construction 5 miles east of the accident scene near Hartford.  Police found a male driver from Paw Paw, Mi unresponsive in his Chevy Malibu.  An infant in the back seat was also located and found unresponsive. The infant was taken by Medic one Ambulance to Bronson Hospital for treatment.  The driver was airlifted to Bronson.

    Investigators found that the driver of the Malibu did not see that traffic was stopped and ran into the rear of a Hyundai Sonata driven by a St Joseph resident.  This vehicle projected forward striking a Honda Civic which in turn was thrown forward striking a Dodge Caravan.  As this was happening the Malibu was struck from behind by a Hyundai Tuscan that also did not see others stopped. In total there was 6 vehicles involved.  All other drivers and passengers involved did not receive any serious injuries.

     A spokesperson for Bronson Hospital stated that the infant had regained consciousness and was doing well.  The driver was still unconscious and in critical condition.   The Berrien County Accident investigation unit was called and is investigating this collision.  It is unknown at this time if alcohol or speeds are a factor in this crash.      




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