Semi veers across highway, then crashes into trees

Becky Vargo • Jul 10, 2018 at 10:46 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — A semi-truck drifted across all four lanes of U.S. 31 on Tuesday morning after the 72-year-old driver suffered a medical condition, police said.

The semi eventually came to a stop in the brush bordering the west side of the highway, just south of Hayes Street in Grand Haven Township. No other vehicles were involved in the incident, according to Sgt. Brian Buter of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. 

Buter said that the semi was northbound at about 9:48 a.m. when it started drifting across the highway. It went through the median and into the southbound lanes before going off the west side of the highway.

A retired doctor, who happened to be walking through the area, helped with life-saving efforts to the driver, Buter said.

The driver, whose name was withheld because of his medical condition, was taken to Mercy Hospital in Muskegon by a North Ottawa Community Hospital ambulance. He was conscious and in serious condition at the time.

Both northbound lanes were open to traffic. Southbound U.S. 31 was down to one lane while a tow truck pulled the semi out of the brush. The truck was then driven to a nearby parking area.

All lanes of U.S. 31 were open within an hour and 20 minutes of the accident.

Assisting at the scene were Grand Haven Township Fire Rescue and a Michigan State Police motor carrier officer.

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