Traffic deaths down during Memorial Day holiday weekend

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police officials say preliminary numbers show a drop in traffic deaths statewide during the Memorial Day holiday weekend compared with last year.

Officials say eight people died in six separate crashes between 6 p.m. last Friday and 11:59 p.m. Monday. That compares with 20 deaths in 19 crashes during the same period last year.

The numbers reflect deaths reported to the Michigan State Police as of Thursday morning and could change.

There were two fatal crashes on West Michigan highways over the holiday weekend.

Saturday, Bernard Langmeyer, 59, of Deerfield, was parked on the shoulder of I-196 near Hudsonville with a flat tire was killed when his vehicle was hit by an alleged drunk driver.

Three people were killed and four more hurt Sunday when a 16-year-old driver crossed the median on I-94 near Albion and struck a vehicle head-on. Preliminary information shows the 16-year-old driver was going more than 120 miles per hour before the crash.


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