MSP: Cadillac Troopers Receive MSP Professional Excellence Award

Two Michigan State Police troopers received the MSP Professional Excellence Award Wednesday, according to Michigan State Police.

Michigan State Police say troopers Michael Birt and Ryan Krebiehl were recognized Wednesday at the MSP Cadillac Post for their part in an investigation earlier this year.

On June 4, troopers Birt and Krebiehl were dispatched to a crash involving several cars, some of which caught fire and had victims trapped inside.

Michigan State Police say the initial investigation revealed a Saturn car travelling East on M-115 near North 17 Road in Antioch Township struck a Ford pickup truck, which was driven by a 35-year-old Sebewaing man, that was also travelling East near the end of the passing lanes.

Troopers say this caused both cars to lose control and cross the center of the road. The Ford pickup truck then collided with a Ford explorer, which contained four passengers, travelling West. The Saturn drove off the left side of the road and overturned before coming to a stop.

According to troopers, the driver of the Saturn, a 25-year-old Traverse City woman, showed signs of intoxication and was arrested. They say she was examined at a local hospital but appeared uninjured from the crash. She was lodged in Wexford County Jail.

The passengers in the Ford Explorer, a 51-year-old man, a 15-year-old girl , a 14-year-old boy, and a seven-year-old girl, who are all from Grawn, were taken to a local hospital for serious injuries.

The driver of the Ford pickup truck was also taken to a local hospital for treatment to his injuries.

According to Michigan State Police, troopers Birt and Krebiehl were recognized for their performance of duty and personal commitment to excellence associated with their actions on June 4.