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Empire Woman Dies In US-31 Accident Near Franke Road

By Beth Milligan | April 13, 2021

A 73-year-old Empire woman died at Munson Medical Center Tuesday from injuries sustained in a car crash on US-31 near Franke Road Monday.

The woman was a passenger in a southbound Buick Enclave driven by a 77-year-old Empire man that was making a left turn into a business driveway on US-31 at 12:20pm. A 20-year-old Traverse City man driving north in a Dodge Charger struck the vehicle while it was turning. All three occupants of the two vehicles were taken to Munson Medical Center, the elderly occupants with serious injuries and the young male driver with minor injuries.

The 73-year-old Empire woman died from her injuries in the hospital Tuesday. Her name is being withheld pending notification of family members. The accident is still under investigation, according to the Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office.

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