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Semi-truck jackknifed on U.S. 31

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:38 PM
bvargo@grandhaventribune.com 616-842-6400 ext. 231

Traffic along southbound U.S. 31 remained blocked until 11:30 a.m. after the semi, out of Bowing Green, KY, jackknifed just north of Ferris the hour prior. A tow truck was able to straighten the semi after 11:30, opening the left lane of the highway to motorists. Police continue to direct traffic at the intersection.

The black Dodge Grand Caravan, driven by Andrew Conklin, 29, of Grand Haven, sustained damage on its passenger side. Dents were visible in the passenger-side front door and on the rear panel of van. One window had been broken.

Conklin's two little boys were properly strapped in carseats in the back seat of van at the time of the crash, police said. The father and the two children were taken by ambulance to the hospital and witnesses said it appeared that they didn't suffer serious injuries, although they were shaken up.

Carole Hibnar of Ferrysburg said she saw the crash from the parking lot of the antique mall across the street.

"The van was almost at a complete stop," she said. "I heard the truck hit him and then jackknife."

Hibnar said both vehicles were southbound.

Police said both vehicles were slowing for the light at the intersection, when the driver of the semi lost control of his trailer, it jackknifed and slid sideways, hitting the van.

The truck driver, Daniel Rimer, 53, of Jefferson, KY, was not injured. He received a ticket for failure to stop in an assured clear distance ahead.

It was raining at the time of the crash.

Read the complete story in Thursday's print and electronic editions of the Grand Haven Tribune.

See the photo gallery from the crash:http://www.grandhaventribune.com/gallery/1030066

 

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