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Deer caused I-75 accident with youth football team

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The Monroe County Sheriff's Office is investigating an injury traffic crash on southbound I-75 north of Sigler Road, Berlin Township, in Monroe County, Michigan.

The Sheriff says a 2005 Freightliner semi truck hauling an empty tanker style trailer was traveling southbound I-75 in the right lane of travel, when the driver Dedric L. Carpenter, age 38, of Detroit MI. swerved left to avoid a deer in the roadway, lost control, jackknifed striking the inside guardrail.

The truck came to rest, unlit, and blocked the left and center lanes of travel. A Motor Coach Tour Bus being operated by Kay L. Chatman, age 57, of Detroit MI. was traveling in the center lane of travel, struck the jackknifed truck. The tour bus was carrying 30 passengers, mostly members of the Southfield Jayhawks youth football team. The players are aged seven to ten. They were traveling with their families to a tournament in Tennessee.

There were four tour buses traveling together headed for Tennessee.         

Mr. Carpenter was transported to South Shore Hospital in Trenton MI. for minor injuries. Ms. Chatman along with five passengers was transported to Mercy Hospital in Monroe MI. for minor injuries. 

Southbound I-75 was closed for approximately two hours during this investigation.  Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash.

 

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