Driver who died in Wednesday crash identified 

March 16, 2023

Driver who died in Wednesday crash identified 

By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief

AMBER TOWNSHIP — Martin Fredrick Schilling, 74, of Walhalla, has been identified as the driver who died in a three-vehicle crash on US 10-31 Wednesday afternoon. According to Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole, Schilling was alone in the vehicle at the time of the crash. 

Schilling was driving a Hyundai Accent eastbound on US 10-31, between Amber and Quarterline roads about 2:58 p.m. Cole said he was driving in the right lane when, according to witnesses, his vehicle veered left of the center of the road and crossed into westbound traffic. His vehicle then struck a 2011 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Lynn Marriott, 71, of Manistee, then struck a Ford F-150 Super Duty pickup truck driven by Anthony Zack, 71, of Scottville.  

Schilling died on scene as a result of the crash. Marriott and his passenger received minor injuries and sought their own treatment. Zack was transported by ambulance to Corewell Health Ludington Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

The highway was closed between Stiles and Amber roads until 5:30 p.m. to allow for crash investigators to gather evidence and document the scene. 

Responding emergency crews included Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Scottville Police Department, Scottville Fire Department, Custer Fire Department and Life EMS. 

The crash remains under investigation. 

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