Crash at Cleveland, 136th halts traffic

Becky Vargo • Apr 18, 2018 at 3:37 PM

CROCKERY TWP. — A three-vehicle crash at the intersection of Cleveland Street (M-104) and 136th Avenue caused police to halt traffic in that area shortly before 3 p.m. Wednesday. 

Police said that a black Chevrolet Avalanche was westbound on Cleveland Street when it stopped to make a left-hand turn (south) onto 136th Avenue. A black Ford Escape then rear-ended the Avalanche, pushing the pickup truck across the center line and into the path of an oncoming Buick Lucerne. 

The driver of the Escape suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, said Sgt. Matt Wildfong of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. A North Ottawa Community Hospital ambulance transported him from the scene.

The other two drivers were not injured.

All three vehicles were loaded onto flatbed trucks for removal from the scene. The road was re-opened to traffic less than an hour after the crash.

This is the same location of a similar crash on March 13. 

In the crash last month, Laura Benes was on her way home, was also westbound, had stopped to turn south onto 136th Avenue and was rear-ended. The car that hit her vehicle was also stopped, but it was rear-ended by another vehicle.

Benes’ mother said she was always worried about family stopping to make the turn at the busy intersection.

Marge Calkins, whose husband was driving the Avalanche in the crash on Wednesday, said she was also concerned about the intersection.

“Sometimes it’s safer to turn right, turn around and wait for an opening to go straight across” than it is to stop and make the turn, Calkins said.

She pointed to the white line at the edge of the road.

“People aren’t supposed to cross that white line to go around you, but they always do,” she said.

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