Two hurt in rollover crash near Riverside Park entrance

Becky Vargo • Apr 28, 2018 at 8:38 PM

ROBINSON TWP. — One person was ejected in a rollover crash early Saturday evening near the entrance to Ottawa County’s Riverside Park.

Tom VanderWall, 28, of Grand Haven suffered a head and a hand injury and was in serious, but stable condition when transported to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, according to Sgt. Jay Douglas of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

The other occupant of the 2005 GMC Avalanche pickup truck was in good condition and was transported by ambulance to North Ottawa Community Hospital. The man was taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital, was treated and released and then was lodged in the Ottawa County Jail, Douglas said.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a rollover crash, the sergeant said.

Emergency crews responded to North Cedar Drive just east of the Riverside Park entrance at about 6:10 p.m.

They found the ejected person on the east side of the truck, Douglas said.

The sergeant said the vehicle was traveling west from the dead end of the road at a high rate of speed, lost control and rolled over a couple of times before coming to rest on its top just east of the county park entrance.

One of the men and the owner of the truck, Robert Bosch, 24, went to a nearby house to get help, said his father, Jeffrey Bosch.

The Bosch family lives just a few miles away on 104th Avenue, Jeffrey Bosch said.

Officials initially planned to send the person, who had been ejected, by helicopter, with a landing zone established at Riverside Park. But AeroMed was unable to fly and so the injured man traveled by ambulance to the Grand Rapids hospital.

Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies remained on the scene well over an hour after the crash, taking measurements as part of the investigation.

It was unknown, at the time, who was driving the truck, Douglas said.

This story will be updated when more information is available.

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