A 30-year-old man from Turner – whose name was not yet released at press time – was behind the wheel of this Chevrolet Malibu when he collided with a tree on Sunday in Burleigh Township. 

BURLEIGH Twp. – A 30-year-old man from Turner – whose name was not yet released at press time – sustained significant injuries during a single-vehicle crash in Burleigh Township.

According to the Michigan State Police (MSP), the collision occurred at 10:55 a.m. on Sunday and, as a result of striking a tree, the driver’s Chevrolet Malibu was cut in half.

MSP Lt. Michael Brown, assistant commander of the West Branch Post, reported that the driver was northbound on M-65 at the time, about ¼-mile south of Dyer Road.

The incident remains under investigation by the MSP, but Brown says the initial investigation indicates that the driver lost control, crossed the center line, ran off the roadway and struck a tree. “Investigation also indicates the driver was ejected from the vehicle during the crash.”

While neither alcohol nor drugs, at this point, are believed to be factors in the crash, Brown says it was apparent that excessive speed was a factor due to the catastrophic damage sustained by the vehicle.

“The driver was airlifted from the scene to a downstate hospital for treatment,” he added. According to the hospital, as of Monday afternoon, the man was still in critical condition.

Authorities advise that the driver was the lone occupant of the vehicle, and there were no other injuries as a result of the incident.

The MSP was assisted at the scene by personnel from the Iosco County Sheriff’s Office, Burleigh-Reno-Whittemore Fire Department, Iosco County EMS and MMR, FlightCare and passing motorists, who Brown says were able to render medical assistance until the arrival of law enforcement.