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Two hurt in head-on crash on 96th Avenue

Becky Vargo • Jul 11, 2017 at 2:30 PM

HOLLAND TWP. — Two men were injured in a head-on crash late Monday afternoon on 96th Avenue north of Ottogan Street.

Emergency crews responded to the crash at about 4:38 p.m.

Police said that 71-year-old Lawrence Ratowski of Hamilton was driving north on 96th Avenue in a 2012 Chevrolet Impala. There was an unknown truck parked at the side of the road, so Ratowski moved over to go around it, driving across the center line.

At the same time, 48-year-old Robert Byrne of Beaumont was driving a 2017 Honda Odyssey south on 96th and the two vehicles hit head-on, said Sgt. Eric Westveer of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Ratowski was pinned inside his car and had to be extricated from it by Holland Township firefighters. An ambulance transported him to Holland Hospital, where he was in fair condition following the crash.

Byrne was treated at the scene, but refused transportation to the hospital.

The crash is still under investigation.

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