State Police: Distracted Driver causes crash with MSP patrol vehicle

Police say the trooper and the driver of the vehicle received minor injuries. (photo from Michigan State Police)

CARO, Mich-- A State Police trooper received minor injuries after investigators say a distracted driver crashed into an MSP vehicle Monday morning in Freemont, Township, Tuscola County at the intersection of Mertz Road and Sanilac Road.

State Police say the driver of a 2004 Nissan Quest, travelling east on Sanilac Road, failed to yield right-of-way to a MSP patrol Tahoe travelling south on Mertz Road. The trooper was unable to avoid a collision with the Nissan.

The driver of the Nissan, identified as a 22 year old Caro man, was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for minor injuries.

The trooper, from the Caro Post, was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for minor injuries.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts.'

Police say the driver of the Nissan looked away from the roadway to retrieve an item from the passenger seat of his vehicle. They also say it's believed the driver failed to stop for the red signal at the intersection of Mertz Road and Sanilac Road.

The crash remains under investigation. Michigan State Police was assisted on scene by the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office and Mobile Medical Response.

State Police remind motorists that reaching for items within the vehicle is a form of distracted driving.

Police urge you to please pull over to a safe location to retrieve items inside your vehicle

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