Greenville woman injured in Thursday evening crash

By Cory Smith • Last Updated 5:34 pm on Friday, August 23, 2013

Firefighters use extrication equipment to free a Greenville woman from her vehicle after she crashed into trees Thursday evening. She was transported to Spectrum Health United Hospital with non-life threatening injureis. Drugs and alcohol were not considered a factor in the cause of the accident.


OTISCO TOWNSHIP — A 52-year-old Greenville woman was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries after her vehicle left the roadway and struck multiple trees Thursday evening.

According to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office, Ruth Ann Coulombe was traveling eastbound on Fisk Road between Story and Dietz roads when her 2006 Buick Terraza left the roadway on the right and struck multiple trees and came to a stop at 10299 Fisk Road at 10:57 p.m.

Extrication equipment was used by the Belding Fire Department and she was transported to Spectrum Health United Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Driver fatigue is suspected to be the primary cause of the accident and drugs and alcohol are not believed to be a factor.

A seatbelt was not used by Coulombe.

Otisco Township resident Michael Callahan was sleeping when his daughters awoke him after they heard the sound of a crash in the front yard of their home.

“My daughters were the ones that heard the accident and woke me up,” Callahan said. “I came out and the engine was still running, the wheels were still turning and the horn was going off.”

Callahan said he had just had a refresher in first aid and quickly ran over to the vehicle to help.

“I was looking for some sort of response from the woman inside,” he said. “I told her I was going to break the passenger window, I told her not to move. All she could do was move her head slowly.”

Callahan said he then shattered the window and turned off the ignition of the car. At that point he continued to tell her not to move and waited for medical personnel to arrive.

Oakfield Township resident Brian Laurant was working in a garage a few houses down when he and a few others heard the vehicle crash into the ditch near the house.

“It was surprisingly quite loud and it was a weird sound,” Laurant said. “It made a bunch of noise before it hit a few trees. She really threaded a needle, missing other trees and mailboxes before hitting what is really more of a bush than a tree. She seemed to be handicapped as she has all the hand controls in the front of the car.”

The Belding Police Department, Life Emergency Medical Services and Anticliff Auto Parts and Towing assisted at the scene.

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