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Almont woman injured in crash


Investigators still analyzing cause of four vehicle accident on M-53


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Firefighters and police watch as the University of Michigan Survival Flight crew transports 19 year-old Karla Kopp from the scene of Wednesday’s accident at M-53 and Boardman Rd. Kopp suffered several broken bones and other serious injuries but is expected to make a full recovery as a result of the four vehicle accident. photo by Maria Brown.

July 30, 2008
ALMONT TWP. — Police are still investigating a four vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon that left two people injured.

Karla Kopp, 19, of Almont was northbound on M-53, just north of Boardman Rd., when she crossed the center line and collided with three southbound vehicles, Sgt. Bob Parsell of the Almont Police Department said.

Kopp was airlifted from the scene by the University of Michigan Survival Flight. Also injured was Richard Canvelle, 41, of Harper Woods who had bruised ribs. Canvelle was behind the wheel of an Cadillac Oil Company truck at the time of the crash.

Also involved in the accident were Melanie Gielnick of Almont, who had one passenger and Jennifer Bennett of Oxford and her three passengers. None were injured, Parcell said.

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Parsell said that accident reconstructionists with the Michigan State Police are in the middle of their investigation.

Kopp underwent surgery on Thursday at Beaumont Hospital for injuries from the accident. She suffered broken bones and other wounds but is expected to make a full recovery.

Kopp was traveling with her dog, Sarge, who escaped the vehicle after the accident but was later found deceased in a nearby field.

The Lapeer County Sheriff's Department, Dryden and Imlay City Police, and Almont and Bruce Township fire departments all assisted on scene. The Lapeer County Road Commission assisted with clean-up of the oil truck.

Traffic was rerouted off M-53 for several hours.

Parsell said it was the second accident in less than a week that caused a back up on M-53. On Saturday, July 19, a vehicle hit a pole at Hough Rd., knocking down some utility wire. Traffic was diverted around the accident for eight hours while crews fixed the damage, he said.

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