By Kelli Ameling and Cory Smith
Daily News staff writers
OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP – A 57-year-old man was flown to Grand Rapids with unknown conditions after his vehicle was struck by a branch.
Nick Lober was traveling northbound on Lincoln Lake Road when a tree branch fell onto his black Toyota Tundra.
“A large branch fell from the tree,” Kent County Deputy Ron Kimbrough said. “He took most of the impact through his windshield.”
The accident occurred just before 5 p.m. at 11200 Lincoln Lake Rd., about one-half mile south of 14-Mile Road.
Lober was the lone occupant in the vehicle.
The deputy said Lober suffered head injuries.
“EMS told me it was non-life threatening, but I don’t know the extent of his condition,” Kimbrough said.
An administrator at Spectrum Health Butterworth in Grand Rapids said she was unable to release Lober’s condition at this time.
A witness at the scene said the tree branch fell on the truck, which then came to a halt about 50 feet away from the tree.
Lober was unconscious when authorities arrived, however he was conscious by the time he was loaded into the AeroMed helicopter.
AeroMed attempted to land closer to the scene of the accident, but because of weather conditions, the ambulance carrying Lober met AeroMed at the Greenville Municipal Airport.
“Lincoln Lake was closed from M-57 to Podunk Road,” Kimbrough said.
Because the road was backed up, Kimbrough said a “fender bender” also occurred, but no one was hurt.
Friday’s rainy weather is what Kimbrough believes caused the branch to fall.
Oakfield Township and Grattan Township fire departments assisted on scene along with assistance from the Kent County Road Commission.