4 hospitalized after 4-vehicle Oakfield Township crash


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:47 am on Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Four vehicles were involved in an accident on 14 Mile Road between Lincoln Lake and Podunk roads on Tuesday afternoon. Four people, including a young child and a unresponsive woman, were taken to the hospital. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP — Four people were hospitalized including an unresponsive driver after a four-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon on 14 Mile Road (M-57) in Oakfield Township.

At about 4:30 p.m, Oakfield Township, Michigan State Police, Kent County Sheriff’s Office and emergency medical services (EMS) from both Kent and Montcalm counties were dispatched to a crash between Lincoln Lake and Podunk roads.

The vehicles involved were a white Chevy Silverado, a maroon Ford F-250, a light tan Buick Century and a dark tan Chevy Malibu.

According to Sgt. Scott Wilber of the Michigan State Police Rockford Post, a vehicle heading eastbound was stopped and waiting for traffic to clear to turn left into a child daycare center located at 12485 14 Mile Road.

Wilber said one — possibly two — vehicles were stopped behind that vehicle including a the Buick.

The driver of the at-fault vehicle that sent four people to the hospital Tuesday afternoon hugs family as firefighters work to evaluate the accident. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Wilber explained the Silverado was almost at a complete stop — if not fully stopped — behind the Buick when the Ford F-250 rear ended the Silverado sending into the Buick and then into the westbound lane of 14 Mile Road, where the Silverado hit the Malibu head on and down the driver’s side of the car.

The Malibu spun out and ended in the ditch at 12437 14 Mile Road.

“Four people were taken to the hospital,” Wilber said. “We are dealing with severe injuries.”

Wilber did not know the extent of all the injuries as he was unable to talk to patients before leaving the scene.

Three of the people hospitalized, including a child, were taken to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville by ambulance. The female driver of the Malibu was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids by ambulance.

“I can tell you the driver (of the Malibu) was unresponsive when she left,” said Oakfield Township Fire Department Deputy Chief Sam Peterson, who was on the scene of the accident.

Everyone involved in the accident is believed to be from Greenville and Carson City, according to Peterson.

Wilber said after the investigation is complete, the information will be handed over to the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office and the prosecutor will decide if charges will be filed against the at fault driver — the driver of the Ford F-250.

The female driver of the Chevy Malibu was taken by ambulance to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. She was unresponsive when she left the scene. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

Alcohol and drugs are not believe to be a factor in the accident.

14 Mile Road between Podunk and Old 14 Mile was shut down for about four hours Tuesday.

Peterson said that stretch of M-57 used to see a lot more accidents, however, since rumble strips were put in place a couple years ago, there have been a lot less head-on accidents.

“The number has decreased drastically,” Peterson said.

The driver of the Ford F-250 – the at fault driver – rear ended the the Chevy Silverado sending it into the back of a Buick and then into oncoming traffic on 14 Mile Road Tuesday. The Silverado then hit a Chevy Malibu head on and down the driver side of the car. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

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