EUREKA TOWNSHIP – Three people are in serious condition after a head-on collision on M-91 south of Snows Lake Road and north of the Greenbriar Estates Mobile Home Park Wednesday evening.
“This was a very serious accident with very serious injuries,” said Greenville Department of Public Safety Director Mike Pousak.
The vehicles include a blue Ford F-150 custom pickup truck and a sky-blue Ford Freestar van.
Both drivers where pinned in and had to be extricated from their vehicles.
Two people were taken to Spectrum Health United Hospital in Greenville while one was transported by Areomed to Grand Rapids from the Greenville Municipal Airport.
According to Michigan State Police Lakeview Post Trooper Pat Agema, the accident appears to have been caused by a “vehicle malfuction.”
“It appears the front left tire of the pickup blew as it was traveling northbound on M-91,” he said. “The vehicle then veered into the southbound lane where it struck the oncoming van head-on.”
Though beer cans were among several items of debri at the scene, Agema said alcohol “was not likely” a factor citing that the cans appeared to be from an older date.
“We won’t know for sure until we investigate further, but at this time it does not appear that alcohol or speeding was a factor in this accident,” Agema said.
All three passengers were wearing seatbelts.
M-91 will be closed for about two or three hours while more investigators are called in.
According to Agema, the names of the victims in the accident are not being released at this time because of the severity of their injuries.
They will be released once the Michigan State Police Post is able to gather more information.
The Michigan State Police Lakeview Post is handling the scene and received assistance from the Greenville Department of Public Safety, Belding Fire Department, Belding Police Department and Emergency Medical Services.