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Witnesses recall crash

April 23, 2014

ESCANABA — The jury trial of a Gwinn truck driver, accused of causing the deaths of an Escanaba couple last year, continues into its third day of witness testimony in Delta County Circuit Court today....

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frogleggs

Apr-24-14 9:21 PM

STD,

sometimes, "idiots' get it right. . .

manytimes, "idiots" in the "system" get it wrong . . .

The system has its rules and regulations, unable to cope with "common sense".

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gstoneVFD

Apr-24-14 11:05 AM

We all know what a red light means....STOP. Do we all know what a green light means? Proceed when it is safe to do so. Two people made major mistakes and people lost their lives. One ran a RED light , and one proceeded into an unclear intersection. As I am someone who has to respond to these ACCIDENTS, I understand how difficult they can be to deal with afterwards. So, please keep your ignorant, insensitive comments to yourselves. Let the system do it's job. If you don't feel that it does, go get a law degree and speak your peace where it matters.

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Rulesarerules

Apr-24-14 9:29 AM

First of all, this intersection is and has been a deadly intersection. The person at MDOT that changed the merge lane leaving Gladstone must be an idiot. The reasoning to get rid of it was accidents. Okay. So, let's put all the traffic through a notorious deadly spot, nice. Secondly, either way the driver of the semi SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DRIVING!!!!!! Suspended license.

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Cheesehead

Apr-23-14 1:25 PM

FIVE SECONDS!

Count,

a thousand one,

a thousand two,

a thousand three,

a thousand four,

a thousand five,

motorists have just fives seconds to stop their 55 mph projectile before the light turns to RED!

MORE THAN FIVE (5) YEARS AGO,

THE ESCANABA MDOT OFFICE WAS THE SITE OF TWO (2) COMPLAINTS REGARDING

THE LENGTH OF TIME THE YELLOW LIGHT REMAINED ILLUMINATED FOR NORTH-SOUTH TRAFFIC at this intersection.

Realize that truck and automobile traffic is approaching this dangerous intersection at 55-65 mph,

how many feet does it take to come to a complete stop, when the yellow light remains illuminated for just

FIVE (5) SECONDS ??

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Cheesehead

Apr-23-14 1:22 PM

Yellow Lights at this location

and at other Michigan locations yielded the same five second time span that these lights remain illuminated.

Five seconds is all the time motorists have when traveling at city speeds 25 mph - 35 mph.

These two complaints

FELL ON DEAF EARS AT THE LOCAL, ESCANABA, MI MDOT OFFICE.

Is it any wonder that there haven’t been more fatal accidents where motorists encounter

FIVE SECOND illumination time spans of the YELLOW light

before the RED LIGHT is illuminated and considering traffic conditions with other vehilces close by your back bumper the majority of the time at these speeds, at this intersection!

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Cheesehead

Apr-23-14 1:19 PM

AT BEST,

MDOT IS CULPABLE IN THE DEATHS AT THIS INTERSECTION,

for not having studied the length of time and distance covered that it takes vehicles to come to a complete SAFE STOP AT THIS INTERSECTION.

AND/OR

INCREASING THE LENGTH OF TIME THE YELLOW LIGHT IS ILLUMINATED

OR BY REDUCING THE SPEED ALONG THIS STRETCH OF HIGHWAY.

Remember, five seconds is precious little time to stop when a vehicle is traveling 35-45 miles per hour,

let alone when a vehicle is moving at 55-60 mph!

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Cheesehead

Apr-23-14 1:18 PM

MDOT SHOULD HAVE DONE MORE

MDOT COULD HAVE DONE MORE

TO ENSURE AND MAINTAIN SAFE DRIVING CONDITIONS AT THIS INTERSECTION

INSTEAD IT CHOSE TO

DO NOHTING

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arealyooper

Apr-23-14 1:01 PM

dickie Perhaps you are the one who needs to get checked out!! This case has just started and you are ready to find him guilty. I sure would not want to see you on a real jury!!

The so called weed in his system and the suspended license did not contribute to this accident!!!

We will need more testimony to make a call on what the brakes did or did not do.

If the driver had alcohol in his system,it could have a bearing on this case!!

I am not for or against this defendant, unlike you I need to hear the whole case to decide whether I think he is guilty or not!!

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dickie

Apr-23-14 12:50 PM

Ok, so the truck driver ran a red light, had a suspended license,weed in his system,less than 50% of his brakes working... yep it was the driver of the cars fault.. Get your G.E.D. updated Kamm

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Kammorenn

Apr-23-14 12:11 PM

Does anyone remember that the driver of the car had alcohol in his system? I'm not saying the semi isn't at fault but don't forget the facts. Nice that MDOT changed the light after the crash. Had they done it earlier this wouldn't have happened.

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