CEDARVILLE TOWNSHIP — A head-on collision between a minivan and a pickup truck at M-35 and No. 24 Road closed the highway Wednesday morning. According to Menominee County Sheriff Kenny Marks, all three people involved in the crash — both drivers and one passenger in the minivan — are seriously injured but are expected to live.

Marks said that the minivan, which was coming from Escanaba, attempted to pass two cars and a semi, but didn’t see the oncoming pickup until it was too late. Marks said that the plows were out at the time, however visibility was almost completely whited out by strong winds off of the bay blowing snow across the road.

He said that the passenger was able to escape on his own, but the two drivers had to be cut out of the vehicles. He said it took teams from Stephenson and Menominee-Ingallston 45 minutes to extricate the drivers. The driver of the minivan and the passenger were transported to St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba. The driver of the pickup was first transported to Bay Area Medical Center, and soon after to a level-two trauma center in Green Bay. M-35 was reopened by 9 a.m.