JUST IN: Friday afternoon crash leaves at least 2 injured


By Emilee Nielsen • Last Updated 7:26 pm on Friday, September 30, 2016

The Greenville Department of Public Safety responded to an accident around 3:30 p.m. Friday at W. Carson City Road and S. Hillcrest Street. Daily News/Meghan Koglin

GREENVILLE — Just before 3 p.m. on Friday afternoon, a black Nissan Altima and a High Grade Materials truck hauling two trailers collided on the corner of S. Hillcrest Street and Washington Street.

According to a witness on the scene, Brenda Willson of Ionia, the Nissan Altima had two occupants, a female and a male child. Willson said the female driver of the Altima was heading east on Washington Street and was waiting to turn left onto S. Hillcrest Street when the stop light turned yellow. The truck was headed west on Washington Street and went through the yellow light, colliding with the Altima as the driver of the Altima was executing a left turn in front of the truck.

The accident occurred when the Nissan Altima turned left onto Hillcrest at a yellow light and the semi-truck drove through the light on M-57. Daily News/Meghan Koglin

“There was no way for him to stop and she turned in front of him,” Willson said. “He was trying to wave his arms (to signal that he was going through the intersection).”

Greenville Public Safety Deputy Director Dennis Magirl could not confirm any of this information on the scene.

Magirl did confirm that there were three people involved in the accident and that at least two of them had been transported to a Spectrum Health campus for treatment. He was unable to give specific comment on their conditions and said that they are likely in serious condition.

The driver and passenger of the Nissan Altima were transported to the hospital after being hit by a semi-truck at W, Carson City Road and S. Hillcrest. Daily News/Meghan Koglin

“We have no idea what happened. The investigation is just getting underway,” he said.

According to Willson, the occupants of the Nissan Altima needed to be extricated from the vehicle as they were pinned in by the truck and a utility pole.

Assisting on scene were personnel from the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police and Montcalm County EMS.

“How and why this happened we have no idea. Our investigators will figure that over the next two or three days,” he said.

 

 

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