URGENT – U.P. Breaking News Bulletin – 4-3-18 – 6:40 a.m. ET –
Teen drinking: Teen from eastern Upper Peninsula was lucky to survive midnight SUV wreck in Chippewa County – Mountaineer crashes into tree and lands on roof
By Greg Peterson
U.P. Breaking News
Owner, News Director
(De Tour Village, MI) – A teenage driving, who was allegedly extremely drunk, is lucky to be alive this morning after violent SUV crash in Chippewa County.
The 16-year-old victim was driving a 2004 Mercury Mountaineer when he lost control slammed into a tree and overturned setting off the airbags that may have saved his life.
The crash was reported about 11:45 p.m. on Monday night, April 2, 2018 on E. South Caribou Lake Road at/near Trillium Lane in De Tour Township, MI.
A police officer on the scene told the dispatcher to call two wreckers including a flatbed, because the overturned SUV was demolished.
“The vehicle is an SUV and it’s on its roof,” the officer radioed the dispatcher.
“He is quite belligerent at this time, we are trying to calm him down and get him to the hospital,” emergency officials radioed to Chippewa County 911.
The victim suffered non life-threatening trauma injuries and was otherwise “conscious, alert and orientated, (and has a) possible neck injury with cervical-collar.”
Airbags were deployed as the vehicle crashed.
De Tour Bravo Two requested an intercept from an advanced life support ambulance from the Soo as they left the crash scene and headed toward War Memorial Hospital in Sault St. Marie, MI
“The vehicle hit and tree and spun around,” radioed emergency personnel to the intercept Advanced Life Support (ALS) Unit Soo Fire Echo that was rushing toward the incoming De Tour ambulance.
The teen was driving a Mercury Mountaineer apparently registered to his mother (we are withholding the names).
Among those responding with law enforcement were the De Tour Village Volunteer Fire Department, De Tour EMS including De Tour Rescue One and De Tour Bravo Echo, and Merle’s Garage and Towing service from Sault Ste. Marie.
The victim’s father joined his son in the ambulance ride to the hospital.