Sheridan man injured after truck strikes tree

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 4:39 pm on Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Firefighters and emergency personnel respond on the scene of a personal injury accident Tuesday morning on M-66 south of Sessions Road. — Cory Smith/Daily News


FAIRPLAIN TOWNSHIP — A Sheridan man was injured and airlifted by AeroMed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids this morning after his truck veered off the road and struck a tree.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to an accident at M-66 south of Sessions Road at 10:58 a.m. after a blue Dodge Dakota pickup truck, driven by Paul Thoms Kutzli, of Sheridan, struck a tree off of the southbound shoulder of the road.

A Sheridan-area man driving a blue pickup truck drove off of the west side of M-66 and struck this tree south of Sessions Road Tuesday morning. — Daily News/Cory Smith

According to Sgt. Mike Williams, Kutzli was traveling southbound on M-66 when he veered to the right side of the road and struck a tree head-on.

“In our initial investigation, it looks like he drove off the road, possibly intentionally,” Williams said. “Between talking with witnesses and observing the evidence at the scene, we don’t believe it was a mechanical failure or any external factor that would have caused him to go off the road.”

Williams said it could not be determined at this point if speeding or alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Kutzli was not wearing a seatbelt.

The accident remains under investigation.

According to Williams, the man had to be extricated from his vehicle by the Sheridan Community Fire Department using the “jaws of life.”

“He was pinned in and was taken to Sheridan Community Hospital,” he said. “But we do not know his current condition.”

Kutzl was then airlifted from the hospital by AeroMed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and the Michigan State Police assisted at the scene.

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