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Van flips into bayou

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:30 PM

Police said Sharon Wright, 56, had just left her Spring Lake Township home and was driving her Honda Odyssey south on Fruitport Road. She didn't follow the curve in the roadway and instead went straight.

The car hit the bridge abutment, spun around and flipped over the enbankment at about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. It landed right-side-up in knee-deep water.

The only occupant in the car was Wright, and she was out of the vehicle and onto dry land soon after the crash. She was taken by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital with minor injuries, police said. She was treated and released, a hospital official said Thursday morning.

Wright told officers that she didn't know how it happened. Police said her cellphone was in her purse at the time of the crash and they don't believe alcohol was a factor.

"Another foot to the right and she would have gone flying into the lake," said Sgt. Kevin Allman. "It could have been a lot worse had she landed on her top."

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