According to the Michigan State Police, Karin McCarthy, 56, of Courtland Township, was traveling westbound on I-96 near Clintonia Rd about 4:19 p.m. Sunday, November 25, when the vehicle she was driving drifted off the roadway and struck a sign. Police said the vehicle then struck the cable guard, which caused it to roll multiple times. Two of the passengers were ejected.
The driver was flown to Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, with critical injuries. Passenger Kaleb Robinson, 16, was also airlifted with critical injuries. Molly McCarthy, 17, and her brother, Nick, 15, were transported to Sparrow by ambulance for treatment.
One of the passengers told police that the vehicle started to drift toward the cable barrier and that he yelled at the driver, but she was unable to get it back on the road. At press time, police had not yet determined why she drifted off the road.
Troopers were assisted by Portland Fire, Rescue and Ambulance, Portland Police, Aero Med, and Life Net.