3 hurt in 2 crashes on westbound I-96 Monday night

Ottawa County deputies clearing the scene of one accident Monday night near Coopersville quickly had to move east down the freeway to a second crash. The first accident happened around 7:15 p.m. and 3 miles west of Coopersville on westbound Interstate 96. Deputies said a driver lost control and rolled her sport utility vehicle into a ditch. She was taken to Hackley Hospital in Muskegon. Around 8:40 p.m. and 2 miles east of the first scene, a tanker truck and a car collided.
May 17, 2011


Deputies said the truck, driven by Roger TenBrink of Whitehall, slowed down for the backup from the first crash. The car, driven by 28-year-old Alton Corbin of Grand Rapids, did not slow down in time and hit the back axle of the truck.

Corbin and a passenger in his car, 32-year-old Melinda Vincent of Grand Rapids, were pinned in the car. An AeroMed helicopter crew flew both victims to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where they were both listed in critical condition.

Deputies had to close westbound I-96 for the helicopter to land for the second crash, as well as the investigation and clean-up work. Police reopened the westbound lanes around 11 p.m.


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