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One ejected in U.S. 31 crash

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:04 PM
bvargo@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 231

Officials said Ellen Eddleman, 54, was transported by ambulance to North Ottawa Communty Hospital following the 12:20 p.m. crash. She was immediately transferred by Aeromed to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where she was reported in serious condition late Wednesday afternoon.

Police said Kyle Locklear, 28, of St. Joseph, was northbound on U.S. 31 in his 2012 Chevy Equinox, with the right-of-way, when Eddleman crossed the northbound lanes in front of him.

Witnesses said the Nissan was southbound on U.S. 31, and stopped at the red light in the left turn lane before proceeding into the path of the northbound car, said Sgt. Jon Wolffis of the Ottawa County Sheriffs Department.

The Equinox slammed into the front passenger door of the 2004 Nissan Murano and the Eddleman ejected through the passenger window.

Police said she was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the Equinox was not injured. He declined to comment about the crash because he was on duty in military uniform and said he was not allowed to speak to the media.

Northbound traffic was slowed to one lane for about half an hour while officials policed the crash.

Wolffis said neither speed nor alcohol were factors in the crash.

Also responding to the scene were Grand Haven Township Fire and Rescue and Grand Haven Department of Public Safety.

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