UPDATE: Two Dead After Accident in Grand Traverse County - Northern Michigan's News Leader

UPDATE: Two Dead After Accident in Grand Traverse County

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The names of the victims have been released.

Jeffery Toole was driving, and his brother, Joel Toole, was in the passenger seat. Both men are from Thompsonville.

The driver of the semi truck was not injured.

Alcohol in not believed to be a factor in the accident. 

Two men are dead after a crash that shut down a Grand Traverse County road for hours.

We're told a pickup and semi collided when the semi crossed the center line and struck the pickup. 

Tonight, the driver and the passenger of the pickup, brothers from Benzie County, are dead.

The crash happened on M-37 near Center Road in Grand Traverse County around 10 this morning.

The road was closed until 3:30 this afternoon.

The driver of the semi truck has been charged with 2 counts of committing a Moving Violation Causing Death. 

9&10's Vanessa Fayz and photojournalist Jeremy Erickson spoke with police about what happened.





New information is coming into the 9&10 Newsroom:

The second person in the pick-up truck died.

Both the driver and passenger were from Benzie County.

Names have not been released.

Stay with 9&10 News for the latest update.


Grand Traverse Police have opened M-37 near Center Road.  

More information regarding the accident will be available later today.  

Stay tuned to 9&10 New's, Northern Michigan's News Leader, for more details. 


Around 10 AM, a southbound semi-truck with a trailer collided with a pick-up truck carrying two people. 

The driver of the pick-up died, and the passenger was transported to the hospital.

The road remains closed between Harrand Rd. and Bartlett during investigation.

Police still aren't sure what happened yet. 

More details are coming in. 


Just into the 9&10 Newsroom, M-37 is closed right now in Grand Traverse County.

Central dispatch says there was an accident on M-37 South, near Center Road in Mayfield Township this morning. North and southbound lanes are closed right now, and expected to remain closed for the next few hours.

Traffic is being rerouted around the scene.

Watch 9&10 News at Noon for continuing coverage on the closure, and crash.