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Two trucks collide at M-104, M-231

Becky Vargo • May 1, 2018 at 3:46 PM

CROCKERY TWP. — A Nunica man suffered minor injuries when his 3/4-ton pickup truck collided with a dump truck Tuesday afternoon at the intersection of M-104 and M-231 in Crockery Township. 

Todd Pilczuk, 46, was in stable condition following the crash, according to Sgt. Brian Buter of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Pilczuk’s wife, Jessica Pilczuk, said her husband suffered a possible neck injury. An ambulance transported him to North Ottawa Community Hospital to be checked.

Todd Pilczuk was on his way home from a lawn care job when his business pickup truck was struck, his wife said. He was hauling a lawnmower in a trailer.

Police said Pilczuk was eastbound with a green light when the northbound dump truck ran the red light at the busy intersection at 2:40 p.m.

The driver of the dump truck, 39-year-old Mathew Vinton of Grand Haven, was not injured. 

The dump truck contained asphalt and was pulling a trailer with a paving machine on it. That trailer jackknifed in the crash and the paving machine came partially off the trailer.

Pilczuk’s trailer was jerked free from his pickup truck in the collision and the trailer was struck by another pickup truck heading west at the light. That driver was not injured.

Westbound traffic was backed up beyond the I-96 overpass, where a secondary crash occurred when a vehicle hit a motorcyclist. The motorcyclist suffered a leg injury, but was walking around and talking to police at the scene, also on the westbound side of M-104.

One lane of westbound traffic was getting around the scene with stops for the traffic light and tow trucks adjusting their location. Crews working to remove the vehicles were still on the scene as of 5 p.m.

Responding to the crash were Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies, Crockery Township firefighters, Michigan State Police, North Ottawa Community Hospital paramedics, and Spring Lake Township firefighters who assisted with spill cleanup.

Police said the driver of the dump truck was ticketed for running a red light.

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