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Pick-up truck crashes into bike path bridge

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:12 PM

A 19-year-old Grand Haven man hit a patch of ice on the road about 1 p.m. on Sunday. He lost control of his 2002 Dodge Dakota and went off the road, striking the bike path bridge, according to Sgt. Steve Austin of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Thomas Street was not injured. He was wearing a seatbelt, Austin said.

Several other property damage crashes occurred on Saturday, all in the area of Ferris Street and 160th Avenue, or Comstock Street and 160th Avenue, according to Austin.

In a 3:19 p.m. crash on Ferris, a car hit a tree. At 9 p.m., a car hit a mailbox.

Grand Haven Township Public Works Director Mark VerBerkmoes said the damaged boardwalk bridge area was taped off for safety.

He said a damage estimate was not available because they still had to assess how many posts and boards would need to be replaced.

“Yeah, they’re a mess,” VerBerkmoes said. “It’s going to take a lot to fix them."

The public works director said it would probably be quite a while before the bridges were fixed.

“My understanding is that some of the six-bys that hold up the decking were fractured off,” he said.

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