Belding woman hurt in car-tree accident


By Daily News • Last Updated 5:44 pm on Thursday, September 22, 2011

Daily News/Jessica Dudenhofer Belding firefighters work to pry the minivan off a tree after the driver of the van lost control of her vehicle on Dumon Road Wednesday morning.

BELDING  — A Belding woman was injured after her Chevy Venture minivan struck a tree on Dumon Road west of Belding on Wednesday.
A 46-year-old Belding woman was driving the van at a high rate of speed while traveling southbound on Dumon Road, about a mile south of M-44 (Belding Road), at about 11:15 a.m. when she lost control of her vehicle, according to Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputy L. Cruttenden.
He said a witness was driving northbound on Dumon, narrowly avoiding a head-on collision with the minivan.
The minivan sideswiped a tree on the right side of the road, zig-zagged across the road before colliding head-on with a tree about 100 yards from the first tree.
When Life EMS Ambulance arrived on the scene, the Belding woman was sitting in the driver’s seat but stepped out to lay on the ground beside the van.
She was transported by ambulance to Spectrum Health United Hospital.
An adult Dalmation dog was found in the backseat of the minivan, but appeared uninjured in the crash.
Cruttenden said it is too early to determine whether alcohol played a role in the accident.
The Belding Fire Department also assisted at the scene.

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