Garbage truck, SUV collide

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:13 AM

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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