Howell Man Dies in Fatal Accident on US-23 in Hartland

The driver was pronounced dead on the scene after crashing into a median fence.

A Howell man was killed in a vehicle crash on US-23 in Hartland Township on Sunday afternoon after crashing into a median fence while accelerating onto the highway.

The driver, Martin Morse, 43, of Howell, died at the scene due to injuries sustained in the crash, according to a press release from the Michigan State Police—Brighton Post.

Preliminary investigation by the police indicates the driver excessively accelerated from M-59 onto the north bound on ramp to north bound US-23 where he lost control of his vehicle while entering the traffic lanes of north bound US-23. The vehicle traveled across the north bound US-23 traffic lanes and struck the center median cable barrier. The cable barrier has three cables and the vehicle traveled under the top two cables but was stopped by the bottom cable.

The Michigan State Police was assisted at the crash scene by the Livingston County Sheriff Department, Hartland Fire Department and Livingston County EMS.

Nancy April 16, 2013 at 10:25 AM
These cable barrier installations, coincided with the stimulus money given to states, and were deemed as "shovel ready" projects. If I understand correctly, their prime objective was to prevent vehicles from crossing over to the opposite lanes of the highways, via the median, creating an accident there (Similar to the cement barriers seen on other expressways). Prior to that, these were open spaces, and only guardrails were around drop off areas. No matter what, a family is mourning the loss of a loved one.
Angela April 16, 2013 at 01:28 PM
My sympathies to his family. But it's likely that many more people would have died if he had crossed over into the oncoming lanes. If it were me, I'd rather be the only person that died as a result of a mistake I made.
Jim Goodall April 17, 2013 at 04:51 PM
How about you do some research and think before you start suing everybody. These cable barriers save more lives than they take because they prevent stray vehicles from entering oncoming traffic and causing pile-ups and more deaths. It was not the state of Michigan's fault that he ended up in the median, you aren't supposed to drive there. I would speculate that the reason we have these cable barriers is because someone like YOU sued the state when their loved one ran into oncoming traffic and died. YOU would say, "Well, the state must do something to prevent a trajedy like this in the future...." You happy now? Go sue yourself.
Rick Paulson April 20, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I knew these cables were a bad idea when I seen them being installed. If the intent was to keep vehicles from crossing the median a regular guard rail should have been used. These cables are pure shredders for smaller cars and motorcyles. No matter the mistake this man(husband & father) may have made the chance is very good he'd still be here if not for those cables. if you skim a guard rail it can keep you still on the road, skim those cables and they grab you and if you go into them your done. The family should sue the state and they should be removed. My heart goes out to his wife and children.
Rick Paulson April 20, 2013 at 01:39 PM
You are 100% right and a regular guard rail would have kept him alive.


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