CATO TOWNSHIP — Three men were hospitalized after a multi-vehicle accident on M-46 Friday afternoon.
Montcalm County sheriff’s deputies responded to the accident on M-46 east of Fitzner Road around 1:30 p.m. Friday.
A man from Illinois was driving a 2002 Mitsubishi headed westbound on M-46, when he attempted to pass a semi-truck ahead of him. After attempting to pass, the Mitsubishi driver realized he did not have enough room to complete the pass due to oncoming traffic.
The Mitsubishi driver drove to the shoulder of the roadway onto the gravel, which caused him to lose control of his vehicle. The Mitsubishi driver then sideswiped an eastbound 2005 Chevrolet Impala.
After the Mitsubishi struck the Impala, the semi-truck which had been passed was unable to avoid striking the Impala. The semi-truck then struck the Mitsubishi, which caused both to go off the roadway and into a swampy area.
A white commercial van was able to avoid being struck by the semi-truck as the driver took evasive action and drove into the ditch.
The driver of the Mitsubishi was transported from the scene via ambulance to be treated for head and arm injuries. His passenger, a Barryton man, was also transported via ambulance for unknown injuries.
The driver of the Chevrolet, a Mt. Pleasant man, was transported from the scene via ambulance to be treated for several injuries including severe facial injuries.
The driver of the semi-truck, a McBain man, and the driver of the commercial van were not injured.
Deputies were assisted on scene by the Lakeview District Fire Department, Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services and Captain Hook Towing.