Iron County Sheriff deputies were at the scene of an accident on Friday, Oct. 12, involving a loaded logging truck and a pickup pulling a horse trailer. According to reports, neither driver nor the trailered horse were injured in the accident. (Iron County Sheriff’s Office photo)
CRYSTAL FALLS—On Friday, Oct. 12, the Iron County Sheriff’s Office investigated a motor vehicle crash that involved a loaded logging truck and a pickup pulling a horse trailer.
The accident took place on M-69 near Parks Creek in Mansfield Township. Miraculously neither driver nor a trailered horse were injured in the crash, said a sheriff’s spokesperson.
Iron County Central Dispatch Center received the 911 call reporting the crash at 12:15 p.m.
Based upon the Sheriff’s Office investigation, it was determined that an eastbound vehicle driven by Jeanine Schira, 28, of Stephenson had pulled to the shoulder of the highway to check on a possible mechanical problem with her vehicle.
Schira was pulling her horse in a horse trailer at the time of the incident.
After checking on the problem, Schira started to re-enter the eastbound lane of M-69 and pulled into the path of an eastbound Brzoznowski logging truck.
The fully loaded Brzoznowski logging truck was driven by Michael Brzoznowski, 35, of Iron Mountain.
Brzoznowski took evasive action to avoid the Schira vehicle resulting in a front, sideswipe collision.
The evasive action and resulting collision caused the Brzoznowski truck to lose control.
The trailer rolled over, and both truck and trailer crashed into the woods well off the highway.
M-69 was closed for approximately one hour until the Schira vehicle and the logs from the Brzoznowski truck could be removed from the highway.
The highway was then closed to one lane until 4 p.m. when the Brzoznowski truck could be removed from the woods.
Deputies were assisted by Crystal Falls Fire Rescue, NorthStar EMS, Michigan State Police and the Michigan DNR.