Three people were injured in a serious two-vehicle crash in Montcalm County Saturday morning, October 1.
According to the Michigan State Police Lakeview Post, the crash occurred about 10 a.m. at M-46 and Douglas Road in Richland Township, about 30 miles east of Howard City.
The driver of a 1990 Mazda, an 18-year-old from Stanton, was traveling southbound on Douglas Road, when he went through the stop sign at M-46 and struck a 2000 Dodge Caravan driving eastbound. Both the 18-year-old driver and his 18-year-old passenger were removed from the vehicle by good Samaritans who came upon the crash before police or rescue personnel arrived. Police said that shortly after the teenagers were pulled from the car, it exploded and burned.
Both teens were transported to hospitals: Sparrow in Lansing, and St. Mary’s in Saginaw. The eastbound vehicle was driven by a 52-year-old woman from Marlette, Michigan. She was flown to Spectrum in Grand Rapids.
The Marlette woman had been transporting her two-year-old granddaughter at the time of the incident. She was secured in a car seat in the back of the minivan. She suffered minor injuries and was turned over to her mother at the scene.
Richland, Home and Day Township fire departments responded to the burning vehicle and assisted at the scene.