Boy ejected from back of car in I-96 crash

A 12-year-old Grand Rapids boy was ejected from the back end of a car after it went off I-96 and into a snowbank at about 6 p.m. Friday.
Becky Vargo
Feb 21, 2014

The boy was taken by ambulance to a Grand Rapids hospital. His condition was not immediately known.

Rebecca Williams of Grand Rapids said she was driving her station wagon east on the interstate when she hit an icy patch, slid off the road into the median and hit a snowbank east of the Nunica exit in Polkton Township. There were eight people in the car.

Williams said her grandson must have unbuckled his seat belt before the crash. Somehow, the window in the back of the car was not broken.

At least one other person in the car was injured, but not as seriously as the boy who was ejected.

Police closed both eastbound and westbound lanes of I-96 several times Friday because of numerous crashes and slide-offs in sometimes blizzard-like conditions.


Tri-cities realist

I hope the boy and everyone else will be ok. But I'm confused, the boy literally went through the window without breaking it? Or did a door or rear lift gate open during the crash?


I too hope all involved are OK. Nothing worse than being a victim of misadventure.

Sometimes the details from the Tribune are sketchy at best.

Perhaps the boys weight/impact was evenly spread enough to break the seal that retains the glass to the lift gate, and not the glass itself.

Doesn't explain why he was he was able to "unbuckle himself" though.

Post a Comment

Log in to your account to post comments here and on other stories, galleries and polls. Share your thoughts and reply to comments posted by others. Don't have an account on Create a new account today to get started.