May 20, 2009 GOODLAND TWP. — A 23-year-old Imlay City man was injured Monday morning in a two-vehicle collision near the intersection of M-53 and Lyons Rd.
Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies reported that Johnathan Belisle was eastbound on Lyons at around 6:55 a.m., when he pulled into the path of a southbound semi-truck driven by Rodger Micklash, 45, of Bad Axe. Although Micklash's semi-truck jackknifed and landed in a ditch, he was reportedly uninjured. He is a driver for RCA Trucking Company of Kingston.
Belisle, who was trapped inside his vehicle, was removed by Goodland Township firefighters, who used the Jaws of Life. He was transported by Lapeer County EMS to Hurley Medical Center for treatment.
Goodland Twp. Fire Chief Don Bissett said the victim was conscious throughout the extraction procedure and did not have life-threatening injuries.
"I believe he's already been released from the hospital," said Bissett. "They just wanted to check him out for possible brain swelling."
Sheriff's Deputy Pam Cross said Belisle's 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix was struck in the front drivers-side, adding that the tractor-trailer was in its right-of-way. Traffic had to be diverted around the intersection for a period of about two hours.
Lapeer County Sheriff's deputies and Goodland Twp. firefighters were assisted at the scene by Imlay City police, troopers from Michigan State Police Lapeer Post and Lapeer County EMS personnel.