Ambulance transports 3 to hospital following crash, car fire

Becky Vargo • Jun 12, 2019 at 10:40 PM

Three people were taken by North Ottawa Community Hospital ambulance to a Muskegon hospital following a two-car crash and car fire Wednesday night at the intersection of 174th Avenue and Taft Street in Spring Lake Township.

First responders to the scene reported that all injuries were minor and that the two teenagers got out of the burning car OK.

A witness, who asked not to be named, said he was on his way to work and was approaching the intersection when he saw the cars collide.

“It was just a big bang,” he said. “As soon as they hit, I saw the fire coming out of that car. They just got out and ran.”

According to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, a 37-year-old Spring Lake woman in a 2012 Dodge Journey was northbound on 174th Avenue when the white car, a 2017 Ford Fusion, which was eastbound on Taft, proceeded through the stop sign and struck the silver car. Police said the 16-year-old Coopersville boy driving the Fusion had stopped at the sign before proceeding into the intersection.

The Journey ran off the road into a yard on the northeast side. The Fusion spun around in the intersection and caught on fire.

Spring Lake and Ferrysburg firefighters responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.

The intersection was back open just over an hour later.

The boy and his 14-year-old passenger, along with the Spring Lake woman from the other car, were all treated at the hospital and released, police said.

A secondary crash occurred a half hour later as a vehicle was leaving the area, was cut off and went into the ditch.

Nobody was injured in that incident.

Firefighters from both departments had a busy day. They responded to a barn fire on Hickory Street at 1:30 p.m. Then firefighters were on hand for the Spring Lake Heritage Festival Family Fun Day. They had recently left their stations when the crash occurred.

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