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2 dead after car loses control and crashes into auto shop in Clare 10-11-23
UPDATE 10/12/23 1:20 p.m.
CLARE — The City of Clare Police Department have identified the driver and the passenger who died in Tuesday night’s car crash.
The driver of the car was Richard Arthur, 78, and the passenger was Connie Arthur, 76. Both of them were from Coleman.
10/11/23 5 p.m.
CLARE — Employees said that it’s not just the outside of the building that was heavily damage, but the inside is also in need of major repairs. They were at the auto shop the entire day cleaning up the broken glass and damaged pieces of the building that were left behind from the crash.
It happened around 7 p.m. Tuesday. The police said a car came down 5th Street at an “exceptionally high rate of speed,” even though the posted speed limit on 5th Street is 30 miles per hour. They said the driver lost control, left the road into the Dollar General Parking Lot and hit a telephone pole before crashing into Clare Auto Service.
Part of that telephone pole flew into the Clare Fire Department, breaking a window and damaging a car in their parking lot.
The other part of the telephone pole landed on the roof of the fire department.
Both people in the car were killed, however police have not yet released their names or ages. Nobody was in the auto shop building at the time of the crash.
Michigan State Police are expected to investigate the scene.
10/11/23 9 a.m.
2 dead after car loses control and crashes into auto shop in Clare
CLARE — Two people are dead after a car driving at high speeds crashed into a Clare auto shop.
On Oct. 10, around 7 p.m., police said that the driver of a gray Chevrolet Impala was traveling well above the speed limit when they lost control at the intersection of 5th Street and Maple Street and hit Clare Auto Service, killing the two people inside the car. They said that before hitting the auto shop, the car hit a telephone pole, knocking out power in the area.
“It had just happened. People were running up calling 911. As soon as I realized what was going on I grabbed a fire extinguisher and started putting the fire out. Kept the bystanders back from the buildings so we didn’t have any secondary issues with the scene,” said Claire Kaisler, a Clare firefighter.
The police department responded promptly to the scene and was assisted by Clare Fire Department, Surrey Fire Department, Clare County Sheriff Department, Michigan State Police Accident Investigation Unit and Mobile Medical Response.
The City of Clare Police Department is still investigating the crash and is urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident or has additional information to come forward. Witnesses are encouraged to contact the City of Clare Police Department at 989 386-2121 or at dgarver@cityofclare.gov.