By Kelli Ameling and Cory Smith
OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP — A 57-year-old man was flown to Grand Rapids after being struck by a falling tree branch last night while he was driving his vehicle northbound on Lincoln Lake Road. His condition was unconfirmed as of Friday night.
Nick Lober was traveling northbound on Lincoln Lake Road when a tree branch fell onto his black Toyota Tundra.
“He took most of the impact through his windshield,” Kent County Deputy Ron Kimbrough said.
The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. at 11200 Lincoln Lake Road, about one-half mile south of 14 Mile Road.
Lober was the only occupant in the vehicle.
Kimbrough said Lober suffered head injuries.
“EMS told me it was non-life threatening, but I don’t know the extent of his condition,” Kimbrough said.
An administrator at Spectrum Health Butterworth in Grand Rapids said she was unable to release Lober’s condition at this time.
A witness at the scene said when the tree branch fell on the truck, the truck didn’t come to a halt until it was about 50 feet away from the tree.
Lober was unconscious when authorities arrived, however, he was conscious by the time he was aboard the AeroMed helicopter.
AeroMed attempted to land closer to the scene of the accident, but because of weather conditions, the ambulance carrying Lober met AeroMed at the Greenville Municipal Airport.
“Lincoln Lake was closed from M-57 to Podunk Road,” Kimbrough said.
Because the road was backed up, Kimbrough said a “fender bender” also occurred, but no one was hurt.
Friday’s rainy weather is what Kimbrough believes caused the branch to fall.
Oakfield Township and Grattan Township fire departments assisted on the scene along with the assistance from the Kent County Road Commission.