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Man hurt when excavator arm falls on his vehicle

Tribune Staff • Mar 12, 2019 at 10:30 PM

WRIGHT TWP. — A Muskegon man was injured and pinned in his vehicle for a short time after the arm of an excavator was dislodged from a truck and fell onto the man’s car.

Police said a dump truck carrying a small scrap excavator in its bed was traveling in the right lane of westbound I-96 when the arm of the excavator struck the bridge at 16th Avenue in Wright Township shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday. The arm became detached and fell onto a vehicle that was traveling next to the truck in the left westbound lane.

The arm then fell onto the roadway, where it was struck by another westbound vehicle, which resulted in minor damage and no injuries.

Police said Michael Fuetz, 55, had to be extricated from his smashed vehicle by Wright-Tallmadge firefighters. The Muskegon man was then transported by a Life EMS ambulance to Hackley Hospital in Muskegon in good condition with minor injuries.

The left lane of westbound I-96 was closed for about an hour after the incident for the police investigation.

The 16th Avenue bridge over I-96 near Marne was damaged and is being evaluated by the Michigan Department of Transportation, but it currently remains open to traffic, according to Sgt. Jay Douglas of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

The driver of the dump truck, 49-year-old Timothy Postma of Zeeland, was cited for a load height violation, Douglas said.

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