5-year-old seriously hurt when semi hits cars

Several others also hurt in crash on US-31 in Oceana County

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The scene on US-31 near New Era after a semi-truck rear-ended two cars. (July 5, 2016)

SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A 5-year-old boy was seriously injured and several other people were also hurt Tuesday when a semi-truck rear-ended two cars on US-31 near New Era.

The crash happened around 12:45 p.m. in the southbound lanes near Stony Lake Road in Shelby Township, according to a crash report provided by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say the semi-truck driver told them he looked away toward where a truck went off the roadway to avoid a traffic backup and exit at Stony Lake. When he looked back, vehicles in front of him were slowing due to the traffic. The semi hit the back of a Subaru Outback and a Mazda 6.

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The scene on US-31 near New Era after a semi-truck rear-ended two cars. (July 5, 2016)

One of the passengers in the Outback, 5-year-old Conner Weston, sustained serious injuries, the crash report said.

The driver of the Outback, 40-year-old Benjamin Weston of Port Huron, and passengers Michelle Weston, 36; Dylan Weston, 7; and 10-year-old Logan Weston all sustained minor injuries.

The semi driver, 25-year-old Jonathon Ashley of Ludington, and the driver of the Mazda, 34-year-old Jerrine Forrest of Greensburg, Pa., also sustained minor injuries.

Further details on their conditions were not known Tuesday evening.

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