Broken branch may have led to deadly Kzoo Co. crash

Pavilion Township crash
A tow truck takes away the pickup truck involved in a deadly crash in Pavilion Township. (May 18, 2017)

PAVILION TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A broken tree branch may be partly to blame for a crash that killed a Calhoun County man.

It happened around 6:58 a.m. Thursday at South 25th Street and East P Avenue in Pavilion Township, east of Portage.

Investigators say a pickup truck traveling north on 25th Street failed to stop for a stop sign and drove into the path of a vehicle traveling west on East P Avenue. Both vehicles then rolled, coming to rest in a nearby field.

Pavilion Township crash
Spray paint marks the area where two vehicles rolled after crashing in Pavilion Township. (May 18, 2017)

The driver of the westbound vehicle, a 52-year-old man from Athens, died. The pickup truck driver was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, authorities say.

Kalamazoo County Undersheriff Paul Matyas tells 24 Hour News 8 it appears a broken tree branch covered most of the stop sign at the intersection where the crash happened. He said the at-fault driver is not from this area and did not know the intersection when he went through the stop sign.

The sheriff’s department is withholding the victim’s name until his family has been notified.