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Accidents send several to hospital

Two separate accidents in Courtland Township this week were serious enough that Aeromed was called into to transport injured passengers to the hospital.
The first one occurred on Monday, August 15, just before 7:30 a.m., when a 37-year-old Lake Ann woman ran a stop sign on southbound Shaner and 12 Mile Road. Her minivan collided with a Chevy pickup that was eastbound on 12 Mile.
Alixandera Crawford, 19, of Lake Ann, was a front seat passenger in the van and was flown by AeroMed to Spectrum Butterworth with serious right side injuries. The driver, Jennifer Richardson, and a 5-year-old passenger, Mason Richardson, both of Lake Ann, were taken to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance with serious injuries.
The driver of the pickup, Steven Katsma, 47, of Rockford, and his passenger, Zach Katsma, 15, of Rockford, received minor injuries and were not transported to the hospital.
Assisting the Kent County Sheriff Department was Courtland Fire and Rescue, the Rockford Police Department, AeroMed and Rockford Ambulance.
The second accident occurred Tuesday, evening, August 16, at 9:21 p.m., when a man traveling south on Myers Lake Avenue lost control of his motorcycle in a curve just north of Peninsula St. NE. The man, Raymond Klein, 55, of Rockford, fell from the motorcycle and suffered a closed head injury. He was wearing a helmet. He was transported by AeroMed to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. Assisting at the scene was Courtland Fire and Rescue.
Alcohol was not considered to be a factor in either accident.

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