Mother and son injured as heavy amounts of traffic flowed through Grayling
Dan Sanderson | Staff Writer
A Grayling woman and her son were injured while trying to cross the road during heavy traffic as the AuSable River Festival was getting underway.
The vehicle-pedestrian accident occurred at 1:07 p.m. on Tuesday, July 25, at the intersection of Ionia Street and North James Street in Grayling, said Russell H. Strohpaul Jr., the chief for the Grayling Department of Public Safety.
A 25-year-old woman and her 1-year-old son were injured when a 52-year old Grayling man was attempting to make to turn left onto southbound James Street. The pedestrians were trying to cross James Street through traffic gaps, Strohpaul said.
The two pedestrians, who sustained injuries, were transported by Mobile Medical Response ambulance staff to Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital, Strohpaul said.
The woman’s other 5-year-old boy escaped injury. The driver of the pickup was not injured.
Traffic was slowed for about 30 minutes while the injured were being treated and the accident scene was cleared.
Grayling Department of Public Safety police and fire personnel were assisted at the scene by Crawford County Sheriff’s Office deputies.
Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be involved in the accident, which remains under investigation.
Preliminary contributing factors appear to include heavy traffic volumes, pedestrians crossing against traffic, and distracted driving, Strohpaul said.
Hundreds of children and their families were packed into the Grayling City Park for Kid’s Day activities, which were organized by volunteers and community organizations, when the accident occurred.