Driver killed in vehicle accident on U.S. 131

BURDELL TWP.  — A Mesick man was killed in a vehicle crash Saturday in Osceola County's Burdell Township.

Osceola County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the one-vehicle accident at 7 p.m. on Nov. 21 on northbound U.S. 131 near mile marker 171.

A northbound Ford van with five occupants inside was passing another vehicle when the driver lost control and left the roadway, overturning several times. The driver, Zachari Barber, 31, of Mesick, received fatal injuries from the accident.

The passengers were transported to a Cadillac hospital by Osceola County EMS. They were treated and released.

This accident remains under investigation. Safety belts were not used, according to police.

Assisting the Osceola County Sheriff's Office on scene were TustinFire/Rescue, Osceola County EMS and Michigan State Police.