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Two injured in Solon crash


Kent County Sheriff DeptAn accident in Solon Township Sunday night sent two people to the hospital, one with possible life threatening injuries.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Chad Wehler, 22, of Howard City, was driving a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix eastbound on 18 Mile about 10 p.m., when he pulled out in front of another car traveling southbound on Algoma.  The other car, a 2001 GMC Yukon, driven by Kylie Burns, 24, of Howard City, struck Wehler’s vehicle in the driver’s side door. Wehler had to be extricated from the vehicle and was transported to Butterworth Hospital by AeroMed with possible life threatening injuries. Burns was transported to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.

 

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Crash punctures dump truck gas tank


Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

By Judy Reed

 

A crash at the corner of Main and Muskegon Streets in Cedar Springs last week Thursday, July 25, resulted in a gas spill from a dump truck leaving a construction zone.

According to Cedar Springs Police officer Chad Potts, a jeep driven by Caroline Bartlett, 68, of Cedar Springs, was heading eastbound on Muskegon Street about 2:45 p.m., when it approached the Main Street intersection and tried to turn right. When the driver realized she couldn’t make the turn and was going to hit the barricade, she tried to abort the turn and went straight, and struck the driver’s side of a Dean’s Excavating truck that was heading north through the intersection. The crash ruptured the fuel tank on the dump truck and Cedar Springs firefighters and others worked at the scene to clean up the spill.

Post photo by J. Reed.

Post photo by J. Reed.

Neither the driver of the jeep nor the driver of the dump truck, Gary Wall, 55, of Leroy, were transported to the hospital. They sought their own medical attention.

In a related incident, a firefighter at Main and Church Street was directing traffic away from the accident, when a southbound pickup with yellow lights rotating proceeded through that intersection without stopping and bumped the firefighter with his mirror. He was not injured and no citation was issued.

According to Cedar Springs Police Chief Roger Parent, the truck was owned by Dean’s Excavating and had been called in to help with the cleanup. But the firefighter didn’t know that. Parent cautioned citizens to always stop and identify themselves if they need to be at the scene of an accident. “When in doubt, they should stop. They shouldn’t think that everyone knows what they are there for,” he said.

 

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Toddler dies in crash


AeroMed landed at the nearby Cedar Chase Golf Course on 17 Mile Road to transport a three-year-old with head injuries to DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.  Post photo by L. Allen.

AeroMed landed at the nearby Cedar Chase Golf Course on 17 Mile Road to transport a three-year-old with head injuries to DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.
Post photo by L. Allen.

AeroMed landed at the nearby Cedar Chase Golf Course on 17 Mile Road to transport a three-year-old with head injuries to DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.  This red Ford Explorer was carrying three children when it was hit Tuesday by a Ford F150. One of the children was ejected from his car seat and died of his injuries.  Post photo by J. Reed.

AeroMed landed at the nearby Cedar Chase Golf Course on 17 Mile Road to transport a three-year-old with head injuries to DeVos Children’s Hospital Tuesday.
This red Ford Explorer was carrying three children when it was hit Tuesday by a Ford F150. One of the children was ejected from his car seat and died of his injuries.
Post photo by J. Reed.

A crash in Nelson Township Tuesday morning took the life of a 2-1/2 year-old boy and sent several others to the hospital.

According to Sgt. Eric Rakow, of the Kent County Sheriff Department, a Ford  F150 truck was heading northbound on Myers Lake Avenue about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning, June 25, when the driver ran the stop sign at 17 Mile and hit a westbound red Ford Explorer carrying a Cedar Springs mother and her three children.

One of the children, Oscar Zuniga, age 2, was ejected from his car seat and died at the scene. Another child, three-year-old Alex Salgado, was taken to the hospital by AeroMed with serious head injuries. One-year-old Gretta Salgado and the driver, Paula Zuniga, 33, were transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All were from Cedar Springs.

N-Fatal-truckThe driver of the F-150, John Heeringa, 65, of Howard City, was being transported by family to be checked out.

Alcohol is not believed to be a factor in the accident, which is still under investigation.

The Kent County Sheriff Department was assisted by the Cedar Springs Police Department, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Courtland Fire and Rescue, AeroMed, and Rockford Ambulance.

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Teen suffers critical injuries in crash


Photo from WOODTV.com.

Photo from WOODTV.com.

A Cedar Springs teen was sent to the hospital with critical injuries last Thursday afternoon, after he failed to stop at a stop sign and was broadsided by a road commission dump truck.

According to the Kent County Sheriffs Department, Lee Brandt Tompkins, 18, of Spencer Township, was traveling east on 14 Mile Road, about 2:39 p.m., in a 2001 Chevy Malibu, when he failed to stop at the stop sign at Pine Island Drive. A fully-loaded Kent County Road Commission dump truck was traveling northbound on Pine Island Drive at the time, and not required to stop.

The Road Commission truck hit the brakes, but struck the car broadside on the passenger side, then went off the road to the right, over a ditch, through a yard, and into a house. The car was pushed up the road and into a ditch on the west side of the road.

Tompkins was taken to Butterworth by Aero Med with critical injuries. The Road Commission driver, Steven Mark Blossom, 60, of Grant, suffered minor scrapes on both arms and top of head. He was not transported to the hospital.

Both drivers were wearing their seatbelts, and alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

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Man killed in Tyrone crash


 

A 22-year-old Bailey man was killed last Friday, October 19, in a single car crash in Tyrone Township.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Kelby Hunter Freeland was driving a 2001 Volvo eastbound on 20 Mile Road, about 3:45 a.m., when he lost control of his vehicle near 3464 20 Mile, west of Peach Ridge Avenue, and ran off the road. The vehicle rolled several times before striking a tree. Freeland was ejected and the vehicle landed on top of him. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

His passengers, Brandon Adams, 25 of Grant, and Jacob Peterson, 24, of Kent City, crawled out of the car and went to a house to call for help. Both were transported to Gerber Hospital in Fremont by Rockford Ambulance with minor injuries.

Tyrone/Kent City Fire assisted at the scene.

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Iowa man killed in crash


Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a two vehicle fatal accident Sunday afternoon that left a 72-year-old Iowa man dead.

Deputies believe that a 1995 Chevy Blazer, driven by a 34-year-old Sheridan man, was traveling eastbound and ran the stop sign at Sessions and South Sheridan Road. He then struck a southbound 1997 Chevy Astro Van, driven by the 72 year old man from Iowa. After impact, both vehicles left the roadway southeast of the intersection, and both drivers, who were not wearing their seatbelts, were ejected.

The Iowa man was pronounced dead at the scene. The Sheridan man was transported to Sheridan Community Hospital by Montcalm County Emergency Services and later transferred to Butterworth Hospital by AeroMed. Deputies believe alcohol may have been a factor in this accident.

M-66 was closed for several hours Sunday while deputies investigated the scene.The accident remains under investigation.

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Woman killed in Courtland crash


A woman was killed in this crash in Courtland Township Wednesday. Post photo by M. Ford.

A crash at the intersection of 15 Mile and Myers Lake Avenue in Courtland Township Wednesday left one person dead and knocked out power to the immediate area.

The accident happened about 5:15 p.m. November 16. According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a black pickup driven by Cody McKendry, 20, of Belmont, was traveling west on 15 Mile when he ran the stop sign and slammed into the driver’s side of a Mercury Sable heading south on Myers Lake. The cars reportedly rolled and hit a utility pole, bringing wires down on the truck. Emergency workers removed them and freed the driver, who told police he was unfamiliar with the area.

The driver of the car, Lori Wier, 50, of Solon Township, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Courtland Township Fire and Rescue, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, and Rockford Ambulance assisted at the scene.

Police said alcohol was not a factor in the accident.

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Kent City man killed in crash


A 22-year-old man was killed last Friday morning, November 11, when his pickup truck veered off the road and hit a tree.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Kyle Anthony Nota, of Casnovia, was traveling west on 17 Mile Road near Tyrone Avenue about 1 a.m. when the accident occurred. Nota was pronounced dead at the scene.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, it appeared Nota swerved to avoid hitting a deer and went off the road. He is the second man to be killed in this type of accident in the last couple of weeks.
On October 28, a Solon Township man also died in a car-deer accident. According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Randall Scott Thomas, 48, of Solon Township, was driving a 2005 Caravan north on Pine Island Drive about 4 a.m. in Algoma Township, when he hit a deer just north of Rector. Police said that after striking the deer, Thomas appears to have lost control of the vehicle. He veered off the west side of the road and struck a tree, which caused the fatal injuries. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

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Three injured in Montcalm crash


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.

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Two injured in Algoma crash


Two people were seriously injured in this crash at 13 Mile and Edgerton last week. Photo from WZZM13.com.

A Greenville resident and a Howard City man were both hospitalized last Friday morning after their vehicles collided in Algoma Township.
According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, Jonathan Sutton, 38, of Howard City, was traveling southbound on Edgerton about 6:38 a.m. Friday, September 16, in a 2009 Chevy Silverado, when he ran the stop sign at 13 Mile Road and collided with a a 2003 Chevrolet Impala traveling westbound on 13 Mile.
Both drivers were seriously injured. Sutton, who was seat-belted, suffered serious internal injuries. The driver of the Impala, a 42-year-old Greenville resident, was not seat-belted and suffered critical injuries.

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