Driver Killed in Accident on Mackinac Bridge

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A tractor-trailer driver died Friday after suffering an apparent heart attack, crossing four lanes of the Mackinac Bridge and striking a car heading in the opposite direction, officials said.
Mackinac Bridge Authority administrator Bob Sweeney said the truck driver, who wasn't identified, was driving south near mid-span of the 5-mile-long bridge connecting Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas. He missed one car but hit another going in the opposite direction.
Two people in the car were taken to a local hospital, but Sweeney said their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
He said the truck came to rest against the bridge's curb rail. A motorist checked on the truck driver and found he had no pulse, he said.
Police said part of the truck had been hanging over bridge railing but was in no danger of falling into the Straits of Mackinac. The bridge had reopened to traffic by late afternoon.
Among those stuck in bridge traffic was the bus carrying the varsity and junior varsity football teams from Glen Lake in the northwestern Lower Michigan community of Maple City. The squads were provided free ferry service by Arnold Transit Co. via Mackinac Island to St. Ignace, where they planned to play a double-header, WPBN-TV reported.


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