Three hurt when pickup trucks collide in Chester Township

Becky Vargo • Jun 19, 2018 at 6:03 PM

CHESTER TWP. — Three people were injured in a collision between two pickup trucks Tuesday morning in northeastern Ottawa County.

A helicopter transported one person from the scene following the 10:11 a.m. crash.

All three victims were reported to be in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries after the crash.

Emergency crews responded to the intersection of Gooding and 16th Avenue in Chester Township upon reports of a two-vehicle rollover and pin-in crash.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office reported that Valerie Gates, 65, of Cedar Springs, was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck east on Gooding.

A 2011 Ford F-350, driven by Kyle Debruine, 30, of Grandville, was northbound on 16th Avenue, police said.

Debruine told police he was looking for an address and was consulting the GPS on his phone. He missed the stop sign and ran into Gates’ vehicle, which flipped onto its roof.

Valerie Gates and her passenger, Curtis Gates, 66, were pinned inside the vehicle and extricated by Chester Township firefighters.

Valerie Gates was taken by helicopter to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. Her passenger and Debruine went by ambulance to the Grand Rapids hospital.

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