by Judy Reed
Two Kent County Road Commission workers were injured Monday when the pickup truck they were driving drifted off the road and rolled over in Nelson Township.
According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Brad Mercer, the accident happened just after 4 p.m. Monday, July 22, on 17 Mile Road west of Ritchie. The two workers had left a job site and were traveling west on 17 Mile Road, on their way back to the Road Commission complex, when the vehicle drifted off the right side of the road, hit the ditch, then crossed to the left side of the road and went into the brush, where it rolled over on to the driver’s side.
The Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue had to use the Jaws of Life and other equipment to free both the driver, Austin Wamser, 19, of Cedar Springs, and Kory Myers, 19, of Gowen. Myers, the passenger, was removed first. Wamser’s legs were pinned under the dashboard and it took quite some time to get him out.
Myers was sent to Butterworth Hospital by Rockford Ambulance, and Wamser was taken to Butterworth by Aero Med. Both had leg injuries that were non-life threatening.
The Cedar Springs Police Sgt. Ed Good assisted at the scene, and other Cedar Springs Police officers helped direct traffic around the accident.