OTISCO TOWNSHIP — A Belding woman was injured this morning in a two-vehicle accident after she failed to stop behind a vehicle waiting to turn into a driveway.
Firefighters with the Belding Fire Department and Life EMS emergency responders responded to an accident at 11493 Belding Road (M-44) that occurred at approximately 8:07 a.m.
According to Ionia County Sheriff’s Deputy Lynn Cruttenden, a blue GMC pickup truck driven by a Belding man facing westbound on Belding Road was waiting for traffic to clear to turn left into a driveway when a Belding woman driving a blue Dodge Caravan minivan traveling westbound failed to stop and struck the rear of the pickup truck.
“She didn’t see the truck soon enough and was unable to avoid it,” he said. “She struck the back end of the truck with her van.”
Names are not being released at this time, but Cruttenden said the Belding woman was transported to Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids with a possible broken leg. He did not believe her injuries were life-threatening.
Minor extrication of the driver was needed by the Belding Fire Department in order to remove the woman from the minivan.
The Belding man was not injured.
Cruttenden could not determine on scene if speeding was a factor or not, but added that alcohol was not a factor. Both drivers were wearing seatbelts.
No tickets have been issued at this time, but Cruttenden said the accident remains under investigation.