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Truck's brakes fail, causing crash that injures 4 people

The Holland Sentinel • Aug 23, 2017 at 11:26 AM

OLIVE  TWP. — Four people were injured Tuesday evening, Aug. 22, after a driver’s brakes went out as the vehicle went through a busy intersection in Olive Township.

Shortly after 7 p.m., the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the intersection of Stanton Street and 120th Avenue on a report of a three-vehicle crash.

Sgt. Matt Wildfong of the Sheriff’s Office said that, upon investigation, it was found that Anthony Sorenson, 30, of Zeeland was driving his Ford pickup truck west on Stanton Street. As he approached the intersection with 120th Avenue, Sorenson told police he discovered he did not have operating brakes, and he drove through the intersection.

Sorenson’s truck then struck a white Pontiac Grand Prix driven by Matthew Gavrilides, 40, of Grand Haven.

Gavrilides then lost control of his vehicle and it spun sideways into the northbound lane of 120th Avenue, where it was struck by a third vehicle, a Chevy Equinox driven by Dana Webber, 46, of Grand Rapids.

Wildfong said Gavrilides’ front-seat passenger —  Heather Gavrilides, 37, also of Grand Haven — was pinned in the smashed Grand Prix and had to be extricated by emergency crews. She was transported via Aero Med to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, where she was listed in serious condition.

Matthew Gavrilides, Dana Webber and a front-seat passenger in the Equinox — Susan Webber, 46, of Grand Rapids — were all transported by ambulance to Spectrum Health in stable condition.

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