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Pickup runs into school bus

A Cedar Springs School bus was hit by a pickup truck driver Wednesday afternoon. No students were hurt in the accident. Post photo by J. Reed.

Seven students escaped injury this afternoon when an intoxicated driver hit a Cedar Springs Public Schools bus.

The accident happened shortly before 3 p.m. at the corner of 18 Mile and Main Street in Cedar Springs.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, a pickup truck, driven by a 48-year-old Cedar Springs man, was heading north on Main Street, and attempted to turn right on to 18 Mile, where he crossed over the center line, and hit a school bus waiting at the stop sign to turn left on Main Street. He hit the bus in the left rear wheel area.

Parent said the pickup driver’s door could have been open, because the bus driver reported that the driver was falling out as he passed her window. He didn’t actually fall out, however.

Police believe alcohol was involved. Parent said the driver did admit to recently drinking and was arrested. He is expected to be arraigned Thursday. Neither the driver nor his 60-year-old passenger were injured.

Parent said the bus driver reported minor shoulder pain, consistent with wearing a seatbelt.

According to Assistant Cedar Springs Superintendent David Cairy, the students on the bus were middle school to high school age. He said each student was checked out individually to be sure they were uninjured. They were then put on another bus to finish the route.

“Overall it was a good result to an unfortunate accident,” said Parent.

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Road rage sparks accident

Police looking for older red pickup

Police think that an accident on US131 last Saturday could be the result of a road rage incident.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a personal injury crash that occurred on US 131 in Reynolds Township Saturday afternoon, April 14. They reported that two vehicles were heading south, when the vehicle in front, a red Ford Ranger pickup, suddenly braked. The car behind, a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu, driven by David

Wolansky, 56, of Reed City, had to swerve to avoid the truck and lost control, going off the road and hitting some trees. The truck continued southbound on US131.

Wolansky and his wife, Susan Wolansky, 53, had to be extricated from their car by medical/fire personnel using the “Jaws of Life.” Susan Wolansky was taken to Mecosta County General Hospital in Big Rapids by Mecosta County Emergency Medical Services. Her injuries/condition are unknown but are believed to be non-life threatening. David Wolansky was taken to Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids by Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services with a serious leg injury. His condition at this time is unknown.

Deputies are looking for an older red Ford Ranger, with stickers in the rear window. The crash remains under investigation and the Sheriff’s office is asking anyone with any information to call 989-831-7590 or the TIP line at 989-831-7593.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted at the scene by Howard City Fire Department, along with Montcalm and Mecosta County Emergency Medical Services.


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Three injured in crash

Three people were sent to the hospital Wednesday morning after a crash in Solon Township.

The accident occurred about 10:15 a.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the intersection of 18 Mile and Algoma Avenue.

According to Sgt. Loughlin of the Kent County Sheriff Department, a vehicle driven by a 31-year-old woman, from Wayland, was traveling eastbound on 18 Mile, when she either didn’t stop at the stop sign at Algoma Avenue, or pulled out in front a vehicle traveling southbound on Algoma. The impact sent the two cars rolling into a field at the southeast corner of the intersection. The woman’s car landed on its top, and she was pinned in. The other car, which held a 46-year-old man and his 55-year-old wife, both from Cedar Springs, and a small dog, landed on its side.

Solon Fire and Rescue called Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue for assistance, and they both worked on freeing the passengers. The Wayland woman was sent to Butterworth with serious injuries. The husband and wife were also sent to the hospital, with non-life-threatening injuries. The dog did not want to come out of the car, but firefighters were soon able to coax him out. He appeared shaky, but uninjured.


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Kent City teen dies in accident

Brittany Snyder

An 18-year-old girl from Kent City died last Friday night, February 24, when the car she was driving left the road and hit a tree.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Brittany Aleshia Snyder, 18, was traveling eastbound on 18 Mile, west of Fruit Ridge, in Tyrone Township, about 1:10 a.m., when she ran off the south side of the road and struck a tree. Snyder was trapped in the vehicle and it erupted in flames. An 18-year-old female passenger ran to a nearby house and dialed 911.

The car was completely engulfed in flames when deputies and firefighters arrived on the scene. Kent City Fire and Rescue extinguished the fire and assisted in medical treatment of the passenger. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said that alcohol was a factor in the accident. Speed and weather may also have been a factor. The accident is still under investigation.

Snyder is the daughter of Jason and Gail Snyder. A celebration of her life was held on Wednesday, February 29, at Stegenga Funeral Chapel in Belmont.


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Man hurt in jet ski accident

Sheriff deputies from Montcalm County are investigating a jet ski accident that sent one man to the hospital last weekend.

According to police, two men were operating jet skis on Cowden Lake, in Maple Valley Township, on Friday, July 8, at about 3:43 p.m. when the accident occurred. Marine deputies were at the boat launch at the time.

The deputies determined that Kristopher Spoon, 33, of Zeeland, and Charles Dupin, 36, of Kincheloe, were operating jet skis in the middle of the lake, and were spinning the jet skis in circles and jumping their own wake, when the two jet skis collided. Dupin was struck and thrown from the jet ski into the water. Spoon rescued Dupin and took him to shore, where he was met by marine deputies and first responders.

Dupin was transported to an AeroMed helicopter and flown to Spectrum Hospital, where he was listed in fair condition.

Both men were wearing lifejackets and alcohol use was not a factor in the accident.

Deputies at the scene were assisted by Maple Valley fire and Montcalm County EMS.

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Bicyclist causes accident

Post photo by J. Reed

A bicyclist crossing West Muskegon Street caused an accident Sunday when it failed to yield to oncoming cars. According Cedar Springs Police, they were called to the scene where the White Pine Trail crosses West Muskegon at about 10:55 a.m. Sunday, June 26. A vehicle was reportedly headed west on Muskegon when a bicyclist rode across the road in front of them. They slammed on their brakes, causing a second car to hit the first one. The bicyclist fled the scene. Assisting at the scene was the Cedar Springs Fire Department and Rockford Ambulance. There were no injuries. There are stop signs on the White Pine Trail at all intersections, and police would like to remind bicyclists that they are required to obey all traffic laws.

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Kent City man hurt in accident

A 21-year-old Kent City man was seriously injured Friday afternoon when the car he was driving hit a tree in Solon Township.
The man was driving a blue Dodge Neon west on 17 Mile just west of Olin Lakes Rd went the vehicle left the road and smashed into a tree about 4:30 p.m. Friday.
Both Solon Township Fire and Rescue and Kent City/Tyrone Township Fire and Rescue worked feverishly to extract the man, who was conscious but pinned inside the vehicle. He was transported to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance with leg, hip and abdominal injuries.
According to Captain Kevin Kelley, of the Kent County Sheriff Department, the man was driving on a suspended license, and the driver’s name has not yet been released, due to pending charges against him.

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What warrants a four-way stop?

This crash at 15 Mile and Shaner last week involved 11 people, with one airlifted to the hospital with a head injury. The eastbound car stopped at the stop sign on 15 Mile and then pulled out in front of the Durango that was heading north on Shaner.

By Judy Reed

A serious accident at the intersection of 15 Mile and Shaner Avenue last week in Courtland Township have neighbors wondering what it will take to get a four-way stop put in.
“Does someone have to die?” asked Sharon Parker, a neighbor who was at the scene of last week’s crash, and helped lift the SUV off of a teen pinned underneath the tire.
Several people have complained to the Post that it is hard to see at the intersection if you are traveling on 15 Mile. But does that warrant a four-way stop?
According to data on the Kent County Road Commission website, traffic volume in the area has grown little over the last several years, and sees about 2,000 cars in a 24-hour period. That’s two-way traffic, so could be 1,000 cars going then coming home. Traffic counts have actually dropped on 15 Mile through that area, between 2005 and 2008, and increased only slightly on Shaner.
Tim Haagsma, P.E., Director of Traffic and Safety at the Kent County Road Commission, said that they have to follow a manual put out by the federal government called the Public Manual of Safety Control Devices, when gauging whether an intersection warrants a four-way stop. “We look at both traffic volumes and crash rates,” he explained, “and they have less than one-third of the number of crashes needed.” He went on to say that according to their data, there were three crashes reported at that intersection between 2005 and 2010, and what would warrant a four-way stop would be five crashes in a 12-month period.
“That intersection is not near the rate where we’d say a problem occurs,” noted Haagsma.
He said that following federal guidelines helps eliminate a proliferation of four-way stops where they could do more harm than good. Haagsma noted that while a four-way stop would reduce right-angle crashes, it would lead to more rear-end crashes. “We always have to look at the trade-off,” he said.
But Parker would like to see the guidelines changed, and she is asking concerned residents to call Senator Mark Jansen’s office at 517-373-0797. “Maybe if enough people call we can get it changed,” she said.
Parker also had a request for all the neighbors that go through there. “Slow down! It could be your child next time.”

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Man critically injured in accident


AeroMed was called to the scene of a two-car accident in Courtland Township Tuesday afternoon. Photo by Ron Parker.

A two-car accident in Courtland Township Tuesday afternoon left one man with critical injuries and several others with minor scrapes and lacerations. The accident happened about 4 p.m. at 15 Mile and Shaner Avenue.


At least one teen was critically injured when he was ejected from this SUV Tuesday afternoon. Post photo by J. Reed.

According to police, a witness told them that a red Chevrolet Malibu was at the stop sign in the eastbound lane of 15 Mile at Shaner, when it pulled out in front of a white Dodge Durango traveling north on Shaner. There is no stop sign on Shaner, and the two vehicles crashed in the intersection. The Durango left the roadway and overturned in a yard north of the crash. A teen male sitting in the rear of the Durango was ejected and landed underneath the tire of the SUV in a yard just north of the intersection. The victim, Matthew John Slabbekoorn, 17, of Algoma Township, was airlifted from the scene by AeroMed with a head injury.

There were seven passengers in the Durango. The driver, Benjamin Creed Sullivan, 19, of Courtland Township, was treated for minor injuries at the scene. Brooklynn Jenette Hommerson, 17, of Sparta, was transported to Butterworth by Rockford Ambulance with minor injuries. The other passengers were treated for minor injuries at the scene and declined to be transported to the hospital.

There were four passengers in the Malibu. The driver, Terese Clement, 42, of Courtland Township, and three children, Jack Clement, 6, John Clement, 1, and Greg Clement, 1, suffered minor injuries and were all transported to the hospital by ambulance.

Assisting at the scene was the Kent County Sheriff Department, Cedar Springs Police, Sand Lake Police, Courtland Township Fire, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Rockford Ambulance, and AeroMed.

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Crash sends four to hospital

A head-on accident in Algoma Township Tuesday afternoon sent a Wyoming family, including an infant, to the hospital.

According to Kent County Sheriff Deputy Jason VanDyke, the family was driving a blue escort southbound on Algoma Avenue about 4 p.m., after visiting their parents in the Cedar Springs area, when a northbound GMC Jimmy, driven by a Cedar Springs woman, tried to turn west (left) into a driveway and two cars collided head-on.

The front seat passenger in the escort, a woman, was pinned inside and had to be extricated. She and the other three passengers, including a child in a car seat, sustained injuries and were transported to the hospital. The driver of the GMC Jimmy was not transported.

Deputy VanDyke said he does not believe alcohol was a factor in the crash.

Both Algoma and Courtland Fire Departments assisted at the scene.

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