A Carney man was airlifted to a Marquette hospital Sunday night after a traffic crash near the Bark River-Harris High School.
Michigan State Police say that 34-year-old Eric Laurin was on his motorcycle with his wife when a vehicle…driven by 71-year-old Mary Gaudette of Gladstone…made a left turn onto US-2 in front of them at 6:18 Sunday night.
Michigan State Police Sargent Mark Erickson says that the Bark River-Harris football team was at the Meet the Broncos assembly at the time, and they helped out at the scene.
“They heard the accident, and a lot of the team members, including the head coach, Al Stenberg, went out to the scene,” Erickson told RRN News. “Coach Stenberg went to the driver of the motorcycle who was in the worst shape at the time, and stayed with him, and kind of monitored him. A lot of the members of the football team directed traffic. In this situation, they were the first responders, which was a great help.”
Laurin was airlifted by Valley Med helicopter to U-P Health System for treatment of multiple injuries…police say those injuries were not life-threatening.
Gaudette and Laurin’s wife were not hurt.
Troopers from the Gladstone Post were dispatched to the scene of a motorcycle accident on US-2 and US-41 near Eustice Road Sunday night.
State Police press release:
Eric Laurin, 34, and his wife Tera Laurin, 35, from Carney were traveling westbound on US-2 and US-41 when their motorcycle collided with a car attempting to turn eastbound on US-2. The car was being driven by Mary Gaudette, 71, from Gladstone.
Gaudette suffered no reported injuries and was found at fault for the accident, having failed to yield the right of way to the motorcycle. Eric Laurin was airlifted from the scene by Valley Med to UP Health System in Marquette for treatment of multiple non-life threatening injuries. Police report that Eric was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. Tera, who was wearing a helmet, walked away from the scene with minor injuries.
Neither speed or alcohol are believed to be factors in the crash.
State troopers were assisted on scene by the Menominee County Sheriff Department, Delta County Sheriff Department, Hannahville Police Department, Rampart Ambulance, Valley Med, Harris Township Fire Department, and Gurley Township Fire Department.
Also assisting were several members of the Bark River Harris High School football team, who were at the school during the accident.