Driver in fatal Van Buren County crash was mom of 2 children treated for minor injuries

A woman was killed and her two children injured after colliding with a semi near Hartford Friday. (WWMT/Jessica Wheeler)

Michigan State Police investigators have identified the woman who died this morning in a Van Buren County crash as Deborah Baier of Watervliet.

Baier, 68, was the mother of two minor children who were passengers in the car when it was hit by a semi truck this morning. Baier had adopted the two boys.

Investigators said the crash occurred about 7:30 a.m., when Baier failed to stop at the stop sign on County Road 687.

The children were taken to the hospital and treated for minor injuries. The semi driver was unhurt.

The crash remains under investigation, but police said alcohol is not thought to be a factor.

Michigan State Police officers were assisted at the scene by the Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office, Hartford Police Department, Pokagon Tribal Police and the Hartford Fire Department.


A woman is killed and her two children injured in a crash with a semi truck in Hartford.

It happened just before 7:30 a.m. Friday at 66th Avenue and County Road 687 in Van Buren County.

Hartford Police confirms to Newschannel 3 that a car collided with a semi truck. The driver of the car was killed. Her two children, ages 8 and 6, were also injured and were taken to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo. Police tell us the children were both awake but complaining of pain when they were transported.

The condition of the semi driver is unknown.

Hartford Police tell us after an early investigation, it appears the woman ran a stop sign. Her car then also hit a power pole after being hit by the semi truck.

Right now crews are working to repair the damage to the power pole.

Newschannel 3 has a crew on scene. Stay with us for updates.

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