Weather conditions play role in M-51 fatal crash

Published 8:14 pm Friday, January 1, 2021

DOWAGIAC — The Michigan State Police, Niles Post, is investigating a fatal crash that occurred Friday afternoon on M-51 near Wells Street.

According to police, a vehicle lost control and crossed the centerline, resulting in a head-on crash with an oncoming vehicle.

The driver of one of the involved vehicles, a 52-year-old Dowagiac-area man, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to MSP. He was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash.

Road conditions due to inclement weather contributed to the cash, which remains under investigation. Identification of the deceased is being withheld pending family notification.

Police safety officials would like to remind motorists that driving behavior must be adjusted as weather and road conditions deteriorate.


CORRECTION: This post has been edited to better reflect information released by the Michigan State Police Niles Post.