Car hits old foundation, 5 hurt

Becky Vargo • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:56 PM

All of the injuries were non-life-threatening and ambulances transported all five victims to Holland Hospital, said Sgt. Christi Wendt of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. All of the occupants were wearing seatbelts.

Emergency crews responded to the crash at 10:30 p.m. at the intersection of 32nd and 64th streets.

Wendt said the driver of the 2011 Honda, Frank Blossum, 68, of Grand Rapids, was northbound on 64th Avenue in Allegan County. He failed to stop at the intersection, went full speed through the intersection and struck the cement foundation.

Passengers in the car were Joseph, 68 and Loris, 62, Shevelson, and George and Cheryl Bonsoosteon, both 64, all of Carmel Valley, Calif.

The remains of the concrete foundation were once part of the Windmill Gas Station at 160th Avenue and 32nd Street.

    The gas station was built in the 1920s and demolished in 2000. It had been struck over the years by several vehicles heading north on 64th Street that did not stop at the 32nd Street intersection. A vehicle in 1999 went through the store’s front window.

    Thirty-second Street is the dividing line between Allegan County to the south where 64th Street intersects and Ottawa County to the north where 160th Avenue meets 32nd Street.

The Holland Sentinel contributed to this story.


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