Three people were injured, one seriously, when an eastbound automobile crossed the center line and struck a westbound semi truck and trailer, according to a news release issued by the Superior Police Department. The man who sustained serious injuries, 22-year-old Matthew R. Makowsky of Superior, remains hospitalized.
Superior police, fire and Gold Cross ambulance were called to the scene of the accident at 3:18 p.m. Monday on 18th Avenue East about one-quarter mile east of Bardon Avenue.
Makowsky was driving the eastbound car, according to Superior Police Department accident report. Three females – ages 18, 17 and 14 – were also in the car at the time of the crash.
Makowsky attempted to pass another car by going into the oncoming traffic lane, according to Sgt. Mark McGillis of the Superior Police Department. That section of road is a no passing area with double yellow lines between the eastbound and westbound lanes of traffic.
Accident report details show the car struck the side of the semi tractor and trailer then crossed the eastbound lanes of traffic, landing in the ditch near Christ Lutheran Church.
None of the four people in the car were wearing seat belts, according to the report.
Three of the four passengers in the car were transported from the scene by Gold Cross.
Makowsky remains in fair condition at St. Mary’s Medical Center, according to SMDC spokeswoman Kim Kaiser.
The driver of the semi truck, who was wearing a seat belt, was slightly injured but the vehicle sustained heavy damage. The passenger vehicle was totaled and both were removed from the scene by tow trucks.
Makowsky received citations for speeding, inattentive driving and driving left of center, McGillis said.