Two dead after car loses control on snowy roadway in Van Buren County

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PORTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two people from Dowagic are dead after a car slid into the path of an oncoming pickup truck on a snowy roadway in southwestern Michigan.

The Van Buren County sheriff’s department says the crash happened along Michigan highway 40 on Sunday in Porter Township north of Marcellus. A preliminary investigation found that the driver of the car lost control on the snowy, wet road before fishtailing sideways into the oncoming lane.

The pickup tried to swerve to miss the car, but they collided. The Kalamazoo Gazette reports the 22-year-old man driving the car and a 20-year-old passenger died. Names weren’t immediately released.

The crash came as snow moved Sunday across Michigan. The weather also caused scattered power outages affecting several thousand people in western Michigan. The Detroit area saw rain and slippery roads.

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