Stake truck rear-ends snowplow

An ambulance took one man to a Grand Rapids hospital after his delivery truck rear-ended the back of a county plow truck Tuesday morning on I-96 east of the Coopersville exit.
Becky Vargo
Jan 7, 2014


“They hit our sander in the back,” said Michael Mikita, finance director for the Ottawa County Road Commission. “The sander needs to be repaired, but the truck is back on the road.”

The sand truck was working in tandem with a county plow truck on the left shoulder of the westbound lanes when it was struck about 8:50 a.m. in near whiteout conditions.

Police said the driver of the county truck, Robert Furman, 40, of Grant, was not injured.

He told police he was traveling at about 25 mph when he was hit. All of his emergency lights were activated.

Chad Searcy, 34, of Kent City, was also westbound, traveling at about 50 mph in a 2009 stake truck, when he hit the back of the plow, said Sgt. Steve Austin of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.
Searcy was pinned inside his vehicle and was extricated by Coopersville-Polkton firefighters, Austin said.

Searcy was driving a Clinic Services laundry truck. Officials at that Grand Rapids business said he actually worked for Roth Trucking, a subcontractor.

A spokesperson at  Roth said the man was making his daily delivery to North Ottawa Community Hospital in Grand Haven.

Austin said Searcy suffered head and leg injuries in the crash and was taken to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids in serious condition.

An update on  his condition was not available early Tuesday afternoon.

Austin said Searcy was ticketed for traveling too fast for conditions — a $100 fine.


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