February 8, 2016

Driver injured in three-car accident at M-13 & Worth

By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com

A three-car accident at the intersection of M-13 and Worth Road on Friday, Oct. 21 has left the driver who caused the accident hospitalized.

Arenac County Undersheriff Don McIntyre said the accident happened at 7:32 p.m., when Raymond Heniha of Bay City turned his Chevy Impala into oncoming traffic. Two other cars, a Dodge Nitro and a Dodge Caravan, were involved in the accident.

McIntyre said the accident was caused by driver error.

“(Heniha) became confused at the intersection going eastbound on Worth, merging onto M-13,” he said. “He turned south onto M-13 in the northbound lane.”

McIntyre said Heniha was issued a traffic citation for failing to yield the right of way, and stated that M-13 and Worth Road can be a “dangerous intersection.”

McIntyre said Heniha had to be transported by helicopter to St. Mary’s of Michigan Hospital in Saginaw.

While Heniha had a single passenger in his vehicle, the Nitro had two passengers, and the Caravan had one, none of the passengers or other drivers involved reported injuries.

Alcohol was not involved, McIntyre added, and all the drivers were wearing their seatbelts.

As a state highway, M-13 falls under the Michigan Department of Transportation’s jurisdiction. MDOT has been working to make the intersection safer, according to MDOT communications representative Anita Richardson.

Richardson said the intersection is a safety concern for MDOT, and that last summer MDOT began constructing a left turn lane on M-13 based on recommendations by MDOT engineer Louis Taylor.

“It should cut down on rear-end crash patterns,” Richardson said.


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