Greenville man injured in Orleans Township crash


By Daily News • Last Updated 1:24 pm on Thursday, June 20, 2013

Robert Prentice, 63, of Greenville, was driving this Chevrolet Trailblazer when he crashed into the back of a Kenworth tractor tailer driven by Larry Myas, 55, of Mio, on Wednesday. Prentice was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids with severe injuries. — Courtesy photo

ORLEANS TOWNSHIP — A Greenville man was transported to Grand Rapids with severe injuries from a Wednesday morning accident.

According to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, at about 10:28 a.m., Robert Prentice, 63, of Greenville, was driving his Chevrolet Trailblazer east on Belding Road.

Larry Myas, 55, of Mio, turned off of Decker Road onto E. Belding Road in his Kenworth tractor trailer.

The tractor trailer was in the process of accelerating when Prentice approached the back of the truck and failed to recognize the truck’s slower speed.

Prentice struck the back of the truck after trying to avoid the accident, causing his vehicle to spin out, leaving it with extensive damage.

The Orleans Township and Belding fire departments responded and used extraction equipment to free Prentice from the vehicle.

He was transported the Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for severe, but non-life threatening injuries.

As of this morning, Prentice was still receiving treatment at the hospital.

Myas was uninjured in the accident.

Also assisting at the scene was the Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division, Life EMS and Antcliff’s Towing.

The accident remains under investigation.

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