Accident closes M-35 for five hours

MCFARLAND — A Rapid River man was seriously injured in a two-vehicle accident in southern Marquette County Saturday afternoon when emergency responders were forced to close M-35 for several hours, according to Michigan State Police from the Gladstone and Negaunee posts.

Adam Garrison, 37, of Rapid River, was driving a pickup truck towing a snowmobile on a trailer north on M-35 at 12:40 p.m. when he attempted to turn west at the Marquette/Delta county line between McFarland and Rock and was struck by a northbound semi truck attempting to pass him. Both vehicles jack-knifed, causing the snowmobile to fall onto the highway.

Garrison was extricated from his 2010 Toyota pickup and airlifted by Valley Med Flight to U.P. Health Systems Marquette. His condition was unavailable this morning.

Kevin Jenkins, 24, of Gwinn, the driver of the 2000 Peterbilt semi and trailer owned by KRS Transport of Gwinn, was not injured in the accident, said troopers.

A dog in Garrison’s vehicle was turned over to a family member, who transported the pet to a veterinary in Marquette for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

Following the accident, M-35 was closed for approximately five hours while Michigan Department of Transportation personnel from Marquette and Delta counties directed all traffic to an alternate route.

Assisting troopers at the scene were a Michigan State Police accident investigator, Delta County Sheriff’s Department, Tri-Township Volunteer Fire Department, Forsyth Township Volunteer Fire Department, Rock Community Ambulance Service, and U.P. Health System Marquette Ambulance.

Troopers from the Negaunee and Gladstone Michigan State Police posts continue to investigate the accident, according to a press release from the Negaunee Post.