Father, son die in Pontiac Trail collision

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A father and one of his sons died in a collision at 8 a.m. Tuesday on Pontiac Trail between Martindale and Silver Lake Road in Lyon Township on their way to Kent Lake Elementary School.

Another son was in serious condition at the accident scene and was taken to C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor where he underwent surgery, said Oakland County Sheriff’s Sgt. Mark Venus. A daughter complained of minor pain and was also taken to Mott for treatment.

The father and boys were wearing seat belts, and the girl was in a booster seat. All three children were in a middle seat of the vehicle. The family lived in Pendleton Park Apartments in Lyon Township, not far from the crash.

The accident occurred when the black Mazda, driven by the father, was heading westbound on Pontiac Trail and lost control of the vehicle, apparently due to slippery road conditions, Venus said. The driver crossed the center lane, spun sideways and was struck on the center passenger side of the vehicle by a landscape dump truck. The driver of the dump truck didn’t report injuries.

“To prevent these kinds of accidents extra care should be taken during winter driving,” Venus said.

Pontiac Trail was closed for almost three hours for accident investigation teams.

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