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Three hurt in near head-on crash at M-231 and Lincoln Street

Becky Vargo • Jul 15, 2018 at 6:01 PM

ROBINSON TWP. — Firefighters extricated two people who were pinned inside their car after a two-vehicle crash Sunday afternoon at the intersection of M-231 and Lincoln Street.

Robinson Township firefighters used power tools to get through the mangled vehicle to the injured people, after the 3:15 p.m. crash.

The driver, Fredy Reyna-Valdez, 51, and passenger, Maricel Garza, 44, both of Wyoming, suffered non-life-threatening injuries to their lower extremities and were in stable condition when transported by North Ottawa Community Hospital ambulance to Spectrum Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids, said Sgt. Bob Ruster of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Carrie Smith, 44, of Norton Shores, the driver of the other vehicle, suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene, Ruster said.

The crash occurred when Reyna-Valdez, in a 1990 Mazda 626, was attempting to turn south on M-231 from westbound Lincoln Street after stopping at the stop sign, Ruster said. The sedan pulled in front of Smith’s 2011 GMC Acadia, which was northbound, and the vehicles hit almost head-on, Ruster said.

Smith said she had just dropped off her kids and was heading back home when the crash occurred.

Smith expressed gratitude that the children were not in the car. She also said she always felt safe in the vehicle.

Traffic on M-231 has the right of way through the intersection, with no stops.

Traffic on Lincoln Street must come to a stop before proceeding onto or across the 2-lane highway.

Ruster said the crash is still under investigation.

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