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Children hurt, signals down in U.S. 31 crash

Becky Vargo • Jun 10, 2018 at 7:42 AM

HOLLAND TWP. — Two children suffered non-life-threatening injuries in a crash Saturday afternoon on U.S. 31 north of James Street.

An ambulance transported the two girls, ages 6 and 11, to a local hospital following the 3:09 p.m. crash. Their mother, Wendi Landford, 44, of Indiana, was not injured.

Traffic was rerouted on all lanes of the highway when one of the vehicles hit the power pole supporting the traffic signals, according to Sgt. Christie Wendt of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Landford was traveling north on U.S. 31, going through the Michigan turn north of James Street to head south, Wendt said. Landford had a green light.

A southbound vehicle, driven by a 16-year-old girl, ran the red light, Wendt said. Landford took evasive action, missed the southbound car, but went off the west side of the road and struck the utility pole that held traffic signals for both the northbound and southbound lanes of the highway.

The signals fell to the ground, blocking all the lanes in the area.

Police re-routed traffic until a Michigan Department of Transportation crew was able to replace the signals.

The 16-year-old was ticketed for running the red light.

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