IRON RIVER—The Michigan State Police, Iron Mountain Post, is investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on Jan. 22 at approximately 6:15 a.m. at US 2 and Sunset Lake Road in Bates Township. The crash involved a passenger vehicle and an Iron County plow truck. Deceased at the scene was a 49-year-old female from Iron River. The crash is still under investigation, and at this time, the name of the victim is not being released pending contact with the family. Details of the crash will be released when the preliminary crash investigation is completed.
The driver of the passenger vehicle, Kristine McKinzey, 49, from Iron River was killed in the traffic crash. McKinzey lost control of her vehicle on snowy and slippery roads, crossed into the path of the Iron County plow truck, and her vehicle was hit. The Iron County snow plow truck driver, Ethan Amerson, 22, from Iron River, was not injured.
The Michigan State Police were assisted by the Iron River Police Department, MSP Motor Carrier Division, Northstar EMS and the West iron County Fire Department.