Alcohol, road rage factors in crash ending with driver being airlifted


By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 8:03 pm on Monday, July 22, 2013

A male driver was taken by AeroMed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after he passed a dump truck and clipped the front of it when merging back in the lane. Alcohol and road rage are believed to factors in the accident. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP — A driver was taken by AeroMed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids after crashing with a dump truck.

The Michigan State Police Rockford Post was dispatched at about 4:30 p.m. to just west of the intersection of Wabasis Avenue and 14 Mile Road (M-57) this evening.

According to Sgt. Jeff Varga, a Flat River Asphalt Paving Co., Truck was traveling westbound on 14 Mile Road.

A dark green Ford pickup truck was pulling off a side road to also head westbound and was passed by the dump truck.

Varga said the pickup truck, once fully on the road, then passed the dump truck and, as the driver proceeded to get back in the westbound lane, clipped the front of the dump truck.

It caused the Ford to spin out, hit a tree and roll into a ditch.

A dump truck sustained minor damage after a pickup truck passed it and then clipped it when merging back in the lane. Daily News/Kelli Ameling

“This is what we call a PIT maneuver,” Varga said, noting road rage is believed to have been the reason for the pickup truck to pass the dump truck.

The driver of the Ford was not wearing a seatbelt and was taken to the hospital by AeroMed.
“He is in stable condition,” Varga said. “Alcohol is believed to be a factor.”

The driver of the dump truck did not sustain injuries and only minor damage was done to the vehicle.

Both of the drivers were males, but no further information has been provided by the post at this time.

The accident is still under investigation.

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