Bloomer Township rollover pins child under vehicle

By Ryan Jeltema • Last Updated 11:14 am on Monday, January 02, 2012

A 7-year-old child was pinned under a vehicle after a rollover accident this morning.
Montcalm County Central Dispatch reported the child’s entire body was under the vehicle except the head. However, the child reportedly is alert and talking.
The accident was reported just before 8 a.m. on Blackmer Road near South County Line Road. It is believed poor road conditions contributed to the accident.
The Carson City Fire Department, Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and Michigan State Police responded to the scene. An AeroMed helicopter was requested at the scene but unable to fly due to weather conditions.
Crews were able to move the vehicle off the child around 8:40 a.m. An ambulance transported the child to Carson City Hospital.
The child’s condition was not known this morning.
Drivers should take caution when taking to the roads today after the first significant snowfall of the year brought icy road conditions and strong winds.
Montcalm County Undersheriff Mark Bellinger said the first major snowfall of the year can take drivers off guard, especially during a winter that hasn’t seen much snow.
“Being the first snowfall of the year, it’s always good to refresh your driving skills by taking plenty of time to plan ahead and avoid having to rush to your destination,” he said. “Make sure you have plenty of distance between your vehicles in case you have to stop suddenly.”
Bellinger said despite fortunate weather conditions in December, January will more than likely bring with it more severe weather, and drivers should take notice.
“As long as you use common sense, you shouldn’t have many problems navigating the roads,” he said. “But if it’s not necessary for you to travel during icy conditions, I recommend you stay off the roads.”
Bellinger said the sheriff’s department has a great relationship with the Montcalm County Road Commission and has complete faith in the commission when it comes to making the roads safe for travel.
“They (road commission) do a great job,” he said. “It’s the end of a holiday weekend and I know they’ll have the roads as safe as they can make them, but drivers should still just take plenty of time to get where they need to go this winter.”

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