One hurt in crash when van stalls on M-231

Becky Vargo • Jan 28, 2018 at 1:06 PM

A 45-year-old New Mexico woman suffered minor injuries when her van stalled on M-231 and was struck by another car Saturday evening.

Jennifer Earnest, of Consequence, N.M., was transported by North Ottawa Community Hospital paramedics to a local hospital in stable condition, said Ottawa County Sheriff Sgt. Matt Wildfong.

Emergency crews, including firefighters from Robinson and Grand Haven Township fire departments, responded at about 7:30 p.m. to M-231 just north of Lincoln Street in Robinson Township.

The original report was that 4-9 vehicles were involved. The first responders on the scene quickly updated the report, stating two vehicles were involved and the two-lane highway north of Lincoln was completely blocked.

Police said that Earnest, who was driving a 1981 Ford van, was northbound on M-231, and attempted to make a U-turn on the highway when her van stalled. The disabled vehicle’s headlights also were not working.

Rachel Balcom, 34, of Muskegon, was northbound on M-231 in a 2010 Chevy Cobalt, did not see the van blocking both lanes and struck it, Wildfong said.

Balcom was not injured.

The highway just north of Lincoln was blocked for almost an hour, the sergeant said.

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