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Year in Review: Fatal crashes


The fire spread from the pole barn to an adjacent RV. Photo by J. Reed.

The fire spread from the pole barn to an adjacent RV. Photo by J. Reed.

The Post ran stories on 17 different fatal crashes or accidents that occurred in the greater Cedar Springs area this year, including the one in the photo left, that occurred on Northland Drive at 15 Mile Road, on Tuesday, March 1. According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a 1963 Ford Fairlane was headed north on Northland Drive about 4:12 p.m. Tuesday, when it crossed the centerline just north of 15 Mile Road, and was struck by a southbound Ford F150 truck.

The driver of the Ford Fairlane, Duane Schwartz, 68, of Sand Lake, and his passenger, Cathy Sutton, 57, of Gaines Township, were both ejected from the car and died of their injuries at the scene. The Ford Fairlane was not equipped with seatbelts. The driver of the truck, a Kentwood woman, was not injured. Slippery roads may have played a part in the crash.

This is just an example of one of the crashes that occurred this year. Please drive safely out there!

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Two killed in head on crash


Two people were killed in an accident on Northland Drive just north of 15 Mile Tuesday.

Two people were killed in an accident on Northland Drive just north of 15 Mile Tuesday.

Slippery roads may have played a part in the deaths of two people involved in a crash on Northland Drive near 15 Mile Road Tuesday.

According to the Kent County Sheriff Department, a 1963 Ford Fairlane was headed north on Northland Drive about 4:12 p.m. Tuesday, when it crossed the centerline just north of 15 Mile Road, and was struck by a southbound Ford F150 truck.

The driver of the Ford Fairlane, Duane Schwartz, 68, of Sand Lake, and his passenger, Cathy Sutton, 57, of Gaines Township, were both ejected from the car and died of their injuries at the scene. The Ford Fairlane was not equipped with seatbelts.

The driver of the Ford F150, Renee Regan, 51, of Kentwood, was not injured in the crash.

Traffic was diverted for several hours Tuesday after a fatal crash on Northland Drive near 15 Mile Road.

Traffic was diverted for several hours Tuesday after a fatal crash on Northland Drive near 15 Mile Road.

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor. The accident is still under investigation.

Northland Drive was shut down between 15 Mile and 16 Mile, and then later 15 Mile and Indian Lakes for several hours.

Assisting at the scene was Courtland Fire and Rescue, Cedar Springs Fire and Rescue, Rockford Ambulance, and the Kent County Road Commission.

 

 

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