A woman is dead after the pick-up truck she was in ran into a fire truck on I-75.
The accident happened around 1:30 this afternoon on the highway just south of Grayling, in Crawford County.
Grayling Department of Public Safety vehicles were on the highway responding to different roll-over accident when they were struck.
The response vehicles were in the right lane, and the department was diverting traffic to the left lane.
But when this pick-up truck tried to merge left, it appeared a car wouldn’t make room, the department says.
Because of speed, the truck could not stop when it approached the engine and it collided.
Officers responded immediately to treat the occupants — the driver exited on his own but the female passenger had some serious injuries.
She was taken to the Grayling hospital but died shortly after the crash.
Seatbelts were used and the airbags deployed properly.
“Granted it was a rainy day. If he had a little bit of trouble with traction and finally decided to hit the brakes,” said Grayling Public Safety Chief Russell Strohpaul. “But again, if he was slowing down prior, they should have been able to see us for almost a mile.”
The extent of the truck’s damage has not been determined yet.
“I’m thankful my firefighters are okay. One actually had to dive in the ditch to avoid this.”
The crash is being investigated by the Crawford County Sheriff’s Department and Michigan State Police.
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