L’ANSE, Mich. — Michigan State Police (MSP) say a man is dead after a suspected drunk driver behind the wheel of a tractor-trailer crashed into gas station pumps at around 11 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in L’Anse.
The crash triggered a massive fire, killing a 43-year-old Barga man who was pumping gas at the time, MSP reported.
The accident caused U.S. 41 to close for an extended time, and an employee at the store was transported to the hospital, troopers said.
MSP identified the driver of the tractor-trailer only as a 22 year-old man from Illinois. He was taken to the Baraga County Jail for operating a vehicle while intoxicated and causing death.
A trainee passenger in the semi-truck escaped injury.
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I live almost directly across the road from this gas station. I can’t believe a truck driver would do something like this, considering the training and professionalism that goes into the job. He has caused so much harm, not just to the man he killed and his family, but also to everyone who worked at that gas station and to our whole community. Personally, I think he should get life in prison.
What is the name of the trucking company? Why in the hell would a 22yr old with a cdl be training anyone? Damn shame.
@Troy Myers….The Government and FMCSA allows 18yrs to drive….They claimed there is a shortage…The system is horrible…from scamming-rude-dispatchers & brokers, company’s bad equipment and the lack of company’s to upload standards….Us/drivers have to stay OTR to make a decent pay…Not to mention I see drivers on their phones, with their legs on the door….Its sad….I can go on….Prayers go out to their families…