Police respond to Christmas weekend rollover accidents


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:30 am on Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Police responded to four rollover accidents on Christmas weekend.
Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick McConnell responded to two accidents within half an hour early Saturday morning.
A smashed pick-up truck was found at West Almy Road and North Backus Road in Winfield Township at 5:03 a.m. Saturday. The driver had left the vehicle, which was on its side with a broken windshield and window. The driver has not yet been located.
McConnell responded to another rollover accident at 5:38 a.m. Saturday at South Nevins Road and West Stanton Road in Sidney Township. The driver was not injured.
Michigan State Police Lakeview Post Trooper Cheryl Nemeth responded to a rollover accident at 9:01 a.m. Saturday at Kendaville Road and Reed Road near Howard City.
A Howard City man lost control of his Dodge Ram pick-up truck, crossed the center line of the road and rolled into a ditch. The driver sustained minor injuries.
The Howard City Fire Department assisted at the scene.
Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Justin Schafer responded to a rollover accident on Christmas night at East Muskrat Road and South East County Line Road in Crystal Township.
A Kia Rio containing four passengers left the roadway and rolled over into a ditch after a backseat passenger attempted to change the car’s radio station at 8:34 p.m. Sunday.
The backseat passenger — a 16-year-old girl from Crystal — was transported to Carson City Hospital and then brought by Aeromed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where she was listed in fair condition Tuesday.
The driver — a 16-year-old girl from Sumner — and the front seat passenger — a 16-year-old girl from Hubbardston, were treated at Carson City Hospital for minor injuries.
A fourth passenger in the backseat — a 24-year-old man from Crystal — was not injured.
The two girls in the front were wearing seatbelts. The girl and man in the backseat were not wearing seatbelts.
Alcohol was not involved.

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