Garbage truck, SUV collide

A Spring Lake woman was injured and power was cut to part of the neighborhood Monday after a garbage truck slid through a stop sign and slammed into the woman's sport utility vehicle, and then a utility pole.
Becky Vargo
Nov 15, 2011


The 59-year-old woman was taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after the 10 a.m. accident, said Officer Mike Williams of the Spring Lake/Ferrysburg Police Department. Her name was not available this morning.

The driver of the Allied Waste truck, a 34-year-old Muskegon man, was not injured, Williams said.

“The garbage truck was southbound on U.S. 31, took the (Ferrysburg) exit and failed to stop for the stop sign,” Williams said. “He’s claiming mechanical problems.”

Williams said the woman was driving west on Third Street when her Chevrolet Trailblazer was “T-boned,” and both vehicles crossed the railroad tracks and went off the road.

The garbage truck also struck the railroad crossing gate and snapped a utility pole before stopping at the edge of the yard of a home on Maple Street.

The snapped utility pole contained a primary power line as well as AT&T phone lines and Comcast Cable lines, said Jim Blekicki, distribution superintendent for Grand Haven Board of Light & Power.

A BLP crew de-energized the lines, cutting power to about 17 houses and some of the lighting up on U.S. 31, BLP spokeswoman Renee Molyneux said. Power was restored just before 2 p.m., she said.

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Happens every so often and will continue to. The ramps are under-designed for vehicles leaving 31 at the speed limit. Both chutes to third street (north and south) are too short and too steep of a grade for heavy vehicles and people unfamiliar with them.


This exit has been a problem for years and yet, no additional signs have been posted to warn drivers of this short ramp...Ever (nice job MDOT) Put a flashing sign or flags on existing signs warning drivers to have both feet on brakes when hitting the crest of this on ramp. If you're lucky, you'll have 100' to completely slide to a stop.....I think an episode of "Dukes of Hazards" was filmed here once. Don't feel bad Allied Wast driver, it is not your fault. Hopefully, the other drive will be ok.

Jaques Strapp

Those exits are dangerous and should be removed.


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