Don’t go fast around dead man’s curve.
That was the consensus from people standing around watching workers clean up a mess left by the most-recent rollover at the U.S. 12 site.
“You should hear the tires squeal at night,” one neighbor said. Another noted that one woman living on the curve has taken pictures of every accident that has occurred there since she moved in several years ago.
The latest rollover, which occurred Thursday, April 27, involved a tractor-trailer being driven by Edis Kljajic, 24, or Dearborn Heights. Kljajic was driving westbound when his rig left the road, striking a tree and flipping over. Kljajic suffered minor injuries in the single-vehicle crash. He was wearing a seat belt.
“He was just travelling too fast,” said Cambridge Township Police Chief Jeff Paterson, who cited Kljajic for careless driving. The trailer was full of stamped auto parts that had to be unleaded before the rig could be flipped upright.
Paterson has responded to many accidents at the notorious curve. The chief, having patrolled for 30 years for the county sheriff before hiring on with Cambridge Township, said he actually witnessed an accident at the site when he was following a tractor towing a modular house. “It slid right off [the trailer],” he said.
A bummed-out truck driver waits for his rig to get
unloaded so it can be flipped right-side up.
While no official tally is recorded, one man at last week’s accident estimated that five people have died there since he moved in over 20 years ago. However, he noted that the reason the curve in the road is dubbed dead man’s curve is not because of traffic fatalities, but because it once was an Indian burial ground.