2 dead in fiery Paw Paw crash that sends woman and child to hospital

Two people are dead after a fiery crash on M-40 just outside Paw Paw. (WWMT/ Franque Thompson)

Two people are dead after a fiery crash on Michigan 40 just outside Paw Paw.

Police responded just before noon after receiving reports of a collision between a truck and an SUV near the 46000 block of Michigan 40. Witnesses told investigators that the SUV, driven by a woman who had a small child with her, was headed westbound onto M-40 when they hit a southbound truck occupied by two people.

When the vehicles collided, the truck caught fire.

The occupants of the truck died at the scene. It is unknown at this time whether the two died from injuries sustained in the wreck or due to the fire.

The woman and child were immediately transported to Bronson Hospital for medical attention. Their condition is unknown.

Currently, the medical examiner is on scene but authorities said it was immediately unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash. However, they said, distracted driving could be a factor.

Van Buren County Sheriff Daniel Abbott said, “Especially on one like this. I mean, it's clearly marked, it's a clear day. I don't know if the driver was side tracked. We don't know if they were texting, we don't know. We're still in the preliminary stages.”

Both northbound and southbound lanes of M-40 were expected to be closed until 6 p.m.

As a result of the crash, a power pole was destroyed and the area is currently without power. Indiana Michigan Power and American Electric Power responded to restore the power.

This is a developing story. Stay with Newschannel 3 as we continue with coverage.


CORRECTION: This article has been edited from its original posting to correct the names of the energy companies responding to the downed power line, and to indicate that the genders of the deceased is so far unknown.

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