Victims rescued from water-filled ditch

Becky Vargo • Jan 30, 2017 at 10:22 AM

PORT SHELDON TWP. — An 18-year-old West Olive man suffered minor injuries Sunday night when he lost control of his van on a slippery road and rolled over into a water-filled ditch.

Port Sheldon Township Fire Chief Kevin McNutt said it was fortunate that the vehicle landed upright.

The crash occurred on 144th Avenue, south of VanBuren Street, at about 10:30 p.m.

Sgt. Steve Austin of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department said that Jessy Devlierger was driving a 2002 Dodge Caravan south when he lost control of the van on the slippery road, over-corrected, and spun backward off the road and into the ditch.

Devlierger said he was heading into town to return some movies when the crash occurred. He said the van went backward, rolled over in the ditch and then backed into the bottom of the ditch.

“It was crazy,” he said.

Port Sheldon firefighters donned dry suits to enter the ditch and help the occupants out of the van.

Devlierger and his passenger, 17-year-old Cloie Humphrey of Hudsonville, refused treatment for minor injuries, police said. Devlierger did not get wet, but Humphrey said her pants were soaked and her hair was caked in mud.

McNutt encourages people to use caution on snow-covered and slippery roads.

“The ditches are full of water,” the fire chief said. “Be extra careful out there.”

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