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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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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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