Man dies after crashing into dump truck in rural Midland County

MIDLAND, MI — A Jeep’s collision with a dump truck in rural Midland County has resulted in the death of a 23-year-old man.

About 9:20 a.m. on Monday, April 27, Midland County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the crash site at the intersection of West Kent and South Magruder roads in Jasper Township. They later determined Thomas Heinzelmann, of Breckenridge, had been driving his gray 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee north on South Magruder.

Heinzelmann failed to stop at a stop sign and struck the side of a white 2016 Kenworth dump truck that had been heading west on West Kent Road. The dump truck was driven by Roy Hall, 61, of Coleman.

Heinzelmann was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the collision, though the airbag in his Jeep deployed.

Hall had been wearing his seat belt.

Hall was taken to an area hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. Heinzelmann was in critical condition when he was airlifted from the scene by Flight Care and taken to Hurley Medical Center in Flint.

Medical staff pronounced Heinzelmann deceased on Wednesday, April 29.

“While there is no evidence to indicate that alcohol or drugs may have been a factor in this crash, we are waiting for toxicology reports for a final determination,” said Sheriff Scott Stephenson in a press release. Once the investigation is complete, the report will be forwarded to the Midland County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Midland County Sheriff’s deputies were assisted at the scene by the Michigan State Police and their 3rd District Accident Reconstruction Team, St.

Louis Fire Rescue, MidMichigan EMS, and Flight Care.


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