Holland residents critical after accident Tuesday

A 76-year-old Holland woman was airlifted to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital following a two-vehicle crash Tuesday afternoon near a Zeeland Township intersection, said Lt. Steve Austin of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.
Tribune Staff
Nov 2, 2011

Maureen Cook was taken by AeroMed to the Grand Rapids hospital after the 1:40 p.m. accident. A passenger in her van, Richard Cook, 75, was taken by ambulance to Spectrum Butterworth.

The Cooks were in critical condition this morning, according to a hospital spokesperson.

Police said Maureen Cook was driving her 2007 Dodge minivan west on Ransom Street, stopped for a stop sign at 88th Avenue, then proceeded into the intersection into the path of a northbound vehicle.

Steve Barton, 52, of Holland, was driving a 1997 full-size Chevrolet van north on 88th Avenue when the Cook vehicle pulled out in front of him, Austin said. Barton tried to avoid a collision, but hit Cook’s van in the driver’s door.

The Cooks were pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated by Zeeland Township Fire Rescue, Austin said.

The accident is still under investigation.

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