By Beth Altena
First responders at the scene of an accident in Oakfield Township said witnesses described road rage as the reason a pick-up truck driver lost control of his vehicle, snapping trees as he rolled the truck off M-57 (14 Mile Road) into a front yard Monday, July 22.
The accident happened just after 4:30 p.m. west of Wabasis Lake Road on a straight stretch of the main road between US 131 and Greenville. According to a neighbor across the street, the area has had many accidents. “It happens a lot,” said the resident, who did not want to be identified. He said from his driveway he has seen plenty of accidents, including a decapitation, semi rollover and three car crashes.
This incident involved a pickup and a large commercial dump truck that was weighed at the scene to check if it was within allowable weight. The pickup was totally destroyed after fishtailing, rolling off the road and hitting a series of trees, and ending up on its side. Witnesses described one or the other of the vehicles passing each other, angering one of the drivers into unsafe actions.
First responders used the Jaws of Life to free the male adult driver from the wrecked vehicle, and then transported him by Rockford ambulance to Courtland Township Hall where Aero Med was waiting to take him to the hospital.
Oakfield Township Fire Department responded to the scene, as did the Michigan State Police and Courtland Fire Department. It was unknown what injuries the driver sustained although he was conscious and talking to rescuers as they worked to free him.