Marion woman drives head-on into car, 2 dead

August 25, 2016

By Pat Maurer
Correspondents

A Marion woman and a Windsor, Ohio man died Monday morning in a tragic head-on collision on east bound U.S. 10 at Old State Avenue.

A release from the Clare County Sheriff’s Department said Ines Brocht, 86 of Marion was driving her 2005 silver Mercury Sable west in the east bound lane of the freeway when the accident happened.

Charles Sarbach of Windsor, Ohio died and his wife, Janelle was critically injured when their east bound Chevrolet was hit by a westbound Mercury driven by Ines Brocht of Marion. Brocht also died in the head-on collision.

Charles Sarbach of Windsor, Ohio died and his wife, Janelle was critically injured when their east bound Chevrolet was hit by a westbound Mercury driven by Ines Brocht of Marion. Brocht also died in the head-on collision.

The accident remains under investigation.[/caption]She hit a 2012 red Chevrolet Traverse driven by Charles Sarbach, 72, of Windsor near the exit ramp to Old State Avenue. Both Brocht and Sarbach were killed in the crash.

Charles’ wife, Janelle Sarbach, 71, of Winsor, a passenger in the Chevrolet, was critically injured in the accident and transported to Mid-Michigan Medical Center in Midland where she was reported to be still in critical condition.

Deputies were dispatched to the scene around 9:45 a.m. when another driver, also east bound reported the wrong-way driver. The accident happened while they were enroute.

Both vehicles were reportedly going around 70 miles per hour when they collided.

In an interview with 9 & 10 news, Sheriff John Wilson said although a vehicle reported going the wrong way on the express way has happened “six or seven times” while he has been on the department, most of the time the wrong-way driver gets turned around before officers can arrive. “When they don’t, we are lucky to have any survivors in a head-on accident at that speed,” he said.

East bound U.S. 10 was closed and traffic re-routed while the accident scene was cleaned up.

Ines Brocht died Monday when she hit another vehicle head-on on U.S. 10 at Old State Avenue while driving the wrong way on the expressway.

Ines Brocht died Monday when she hit another vehicle head-on on U.S. 10 at Old State Avenue while driving the wrong way on the expressway.

Clare County Deputies were assisted by Mobile Medical Response Ambulance, Surrey Township Fire Department, Clare Fire Department, Mid-Michigan, Towing, Joe’s Auto Solution and the Clare County Road Commission at the scene.

The accident remains under investigation.




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One Response to Marion woman drives head-on into car, 2 dead

  1. Douglas Sarbach Reply

    August 27, 2016 at 7:44 pm

    My mother Janelle Sarbach passed away from her injuries due to this accident this past Thursday.

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