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Passersby help man escape burning vehicle


The vehicle above caught fire after crashing into trees at W. Church and N. Masters Road in Winfield Township Thursday, February 26.



This map shows the location where the incident took place

A man whose truck crashed and caught fire Thursday escaped with non-life-threatening injuries after two people passing by stopped to help.

According to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were dispatched to the vehicle personal injury crash at the intersection of West Church Road and North Masters Road, in Winfield Township, about 9:38 p.m., on Thursday, February 26, 2015.

Their investigation revealed that a 1999 Ford F-150 Pickup, driven by a 51-year-old Coral man, was traveling eastbound on Church Road coming up to the intersection. The driver failed to stop for the stop sign and drove through the intersection, where he collided with some trees across the road and the vehicle caught fire. The driver was reportedly pinned in the vehicle. However, with the assistance of two passersby, he was able to get out of the vehicle as the fire began to spread.

According to Maple Valley Fire Department personnel on scene, the vehicle was completely engulfed upon their arrival.

The driver was transported to Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital in Lakeview by Montcalm County Emergency Services Personnel for non-life threatening facial, chest and leg injuries.

The driver was the only one in the vehicle and was believed to have been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. The crash remains under investigation but alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the crash.

The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputies were assisted by the Lakeview Police Department, Montcalm County Emergency Services, and the Maple Valley Fire Department.

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