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West Olive woman killed in crash with semi

Becky Vargo • Jul 5, 2018 at 9:31 AM

OLIVE TWP. — A 60-year-old West Olive woman died when a semi-truck crashed into her car Wednesday morning at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Port Sheldon Street.

A woman in a second car was injured.

The crash in the highway’s southbound lanes happened shortly before 7:30 a.m. Police said the semi never slowed for the red light at the intersection before striking two cars.

Ruth Bull, who was driving a 2006 Jeep, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Sgt. Brian Buter of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Emily Montelongo, 24, of Holland, who was driving a 2002 Ford Windstar, was injured, but she was in stable condition at a local hospital following the crash, Buter said.

The driver of the semi, 56-year-old Rhonda VanderMyde of Hamilton, was not injured.

Bull, in the outside lane, and Montelongo, in the inside lane, were both stopped or stopping for the red light at the time of the crash, Buter said. VanderMyde, driving a 2014 Freightliner semi, didn’t see that the traffic light was red, Buter said.

The southbound lanes of the highway were closed for several hours after the crash, which remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office.

Bull grew up in Spring Lake and graduated from Spring Lake High School. She most recently worked at Shape Corp. She is survived by two daughters, a son and five grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Klaassen Family Funeral Home in Grand Haven.

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