Drugs believed to be factor in collision that killed Michigan road worker
LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WILX) - A road crew member working traffic detail was struck and killed Friday morning in Van Buren County.
The crash happened inside a construction zone near the intersection of County Road 681 and 48th Avenue, near Lawrence Township. According to authorities, Rene Rangel, a 58-year-old man from Dowadiac, was holding a traffic control sign at the time he was struck.
Police said the driver of a 1997 Dodge failed to follow traffic controls, rear-ended a 2012 Chevrolet and then struck and killed Rangel while attempting to pass the Chevrolet.
The driver of the Dodge, a 30-year-old from Hartford, and the driver of the Chevrolet, a 48-year-old from Lawrence Township, were both wearing seatbelts and were not injured.
Police believe drugs were a factor in the crash.
The roadway was closed down for several hours following the incident, which remains under investigation.
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