Oakfield Township crash believed to be caused by medical condition

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:54 am on Thursday, October 04, 2012

Oakfield Township Fire Department and the Michigan State Police Rockford Post responded the scene of a single-vehicle accident on M-57 between Morgan Mills and Lincoln Lake Roads in Oakfield Township. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

 OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP — A man was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after crashing his vehicle on M-57.

According to Kent County Central Dispatch, authorities were dispatched a little after 4 p.m., Wednesday for a single-vehicle accident on M-57 in between Morgan Mills and Lincoln Lake Roads in Oakfield Township.

According to the Oakfield Township Fire Chief Don Riker, M-57 was closed for about 20 minutes at Morgan Mills and Lincoln Lake Roads.
“Just long enough for AeroMed to land and take off,” Riker said.

Trooper Mark Isserstedt of the Rockford Michigan State Police Post, said the driver of a Buick Rendezvous — a 76-year-old man from Casnovia — first side-swiped a pickup truck in Montcalm County coming out of Greenville.

“The driver of the pickup truck turned around and followed the Casnovia man westbound on M-57,” Isserstedt said. “She witnessed the man driving erratically.”

The driver then went off the right side of the road and rolled down a hill before his Rendezvous crashed into a tree.

“Because of his age, medical supplies in his vehicle and a handicapped license plate, we believe the accident was caused by a medical condition,” Isserstedt said.

Isserstedt did not know the extent of the driver’s injuries, however, said there were many lacerations to his face.

The driver was the only occupant in the Rendezvou and the female driver of the pickup truck did not sustain injuries.
Oakfiled Township Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Oakfiled Township Fire Department and Michigan State Police were both at the scene.

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