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Rockford man hurt in crash

A Rockford man is in critical condition after his sport utility vehicle hit a tree and caught fire Sunday.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, they responded to a one-vehicle crash on 10 Mile Rd, just east of Olde Meadow Drive, in Courtland Township, on Sunday, March 11. The initial information came through that the vehicle was on fire and bystanders had removed the driver from the vehicle. The bystanders then started CPR until Courtland Fire and Rescue and Rockford Ambulance arrived.

When Deputies arrived on scene they found a sport utility vehicle that struck a tree. Investigation revealed that the vehicle was traveling east on 10 Mile Rd and left the roadway, struck a utility pole, a large tree, and then caught fire. 

The victim, identified as Nathan Lixey, 40, of Rockford, was transported by ambulance to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital. The crash is still under investigation.

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