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By JOHN PEPIN, Journal Munising Bureau


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SENEY — The head-on crash of a pickup truck and loaded logging truck near Seney Thursday afternoon claimed the life of a downstate man and forced the closure of a 25-mile section of M-28 for almost three hours.

Timothy McCoy, 44, of downstate Garden City was killed when his eastbound 2001 Ford F-150 pickup crossed the centerline and slammed into the front of a logging truck driven by Kerry Sundberg, 55, of Rapid River, according to Michigan State Police troopers from the Munising post.

McCoy’s truck was pulling a snowmobile trailer with two sleds. The smashed trailer and sleds were thrown to the north side of M-28 while both of the trucks ended up off the south shoulder of the road, facing west.

Meanwhile, the load of logs being hauled in Sundberg’s tractor-trailer spilled onto the highway, blocking traffic lanes.

Police and emergency crews were dispatched to the accident scene at 12:20 p.m., which occurred in Schoolcraft County, five miles west of Seney near the Driggs River and about a mile west of a Michigan Department of Transportation rest area.

Sundberg was not hurt in the crash. Police said both drivers were wearing safety belts.

Troopers at the scene said they did not know why McCoy’s vehicle crossed the centerline.

M-28 from Shingleton to Seney was closed by police and highway officials at 1:30 p.m. Traffic was rerouted along M-77 and M-94. Crews from the Alger County and Schoolcraft County road commissions directed traffic. Trucks too large to turn around on the road were forced to wait out the road closure.

Two large logging trucks with pick-up cranes worked to remove the spilled logs from the highway.

Wrecker crews from Eagle Towing of Engadine and Jeff Bond Towing of Munising worked to remove the smashed vehicles from the scene.

Bond said it took two wreckers to pull the logging truck out of the soft marsh grass alongside the road where the driver’s side front wheel of the logging truck had dug deeply into the ground and spun its tire off the rim.

“It’s one of the worst accidents I’ve seen up here,” Bond said.

McCoy’s truck was demolished and the snowmobile trailer left in pieces. Sundberg’s logging truck had the hood torn open and front end smashed and dented.

Road commission crews used a power broom to help clean up debris from the roadway and a sander helped soak up fluids from the vehicles.

The highway was reopened at 4:15 p.m.

Troopers from the Munising and Newberry posts were also assisted at the scene by Luce County EMS, Seney Township Fire and EMS, the Michigan Department of Transportation and the state police Motor Carrier Division.
 

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Had to drive down from shingleton on the way across m28 to get home figuired it had to be bad to block the high way like that.Thanks for letting us know what was going on.Sad way to end a trip I always think about that going home I'm usely more tired on the way back.
 

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Crossing the line is the worse accident you can have........ takes both cars out. Thats why I dont care what gas costs..... I am driving a big truck.[/b]
True but I have believe broadside accidents kill more people that headons. With seatbelts and airbags people have a fighting chance. Side impacts without side airbags leave nothing to protect the head. The side forces really do a number on the head and its contents. Just what I've seen anyways. RIP
 

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True but I have believe broadside accidents kill more people that headons. With seatbelts and airbags people have a fighting chance. Side impacts without side airbags leave nothing to protect the head. The side forces really do a number on the head and its contents. Just what I've seen anyways. RIP[/b]
You might be right........
 

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Father In-Law just told me about this tonight, figured I'd find something on here about it. The victims parents live next door to his father (grandpa) and told him a little about it last night. They told him that he was up in the western UP with friends riding, he started not feeling well, with a bad headache and decided to head home early because of it. Driver traveling behind him said all of the sudden he jerked into the oncoming lane, and we've all seen the result. I do not know the cause, but this might give a little more understanding of what could have happened, it could have been a medical situation as well.
 

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Father In-Law just told me about this tonight, figured I'd find something on here about it. The victims parents live next door to his father (grandpa) and told him a little about it last night. They told him that he was up in the western UP with friends riding, he started not feeling well, with a bad headache and decided to head home early because of it. Driver traveling behind him said all of the sudden he jerked into the oncoming lane, and we've all seen the result. I do not know the cause, but this might give a little more understanding of what could have happened, it could have been a medical situation as well.[/b]


It was one of the worst wrecks anyone has seen in awhile.. Sorry for their loss.... I figured someone would know him.....
 

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WOW, I CAN NOT BELIEVE THIS.
I seen my brother this weekend and he told me about Tim. My brother knows him. In fact we rode sleds a couple times in the last 7or 8 years. Tim just cleaned my brother's carpets 2 weeks ago and talked about going to Dan's cabin near Rumley. Thats where he was coming from and was thinking of staying at Rudyard that night.

I seen this post , but thought nothing of it till my brother told me what happen. And I said NO way!!

MAN, this sucks!

Tim loved being in the U.P. and loved to ride sleds. I have not rode with Tim in 3 years. But it was alot of fun to ride with.

R.I.P. Tim,
This winter my brother and I will be riding thinking about you.
 

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Hloy crap, that looks like somthing you would see in iraq.

It's odd how you can feel so bad for someone you dont even know.

My prayers to family and friends.
 
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