Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the intersection with Port Sheldon Street in Olive Township at 2:18 p.m. after multiple callers reported a crash with injuries.
Upon arrival, the deputies found that a 2008 blue Ford Escape, driven by a 54-year-old Grand Haven woman, had smashed into the back of a white 2016 Ford Transit van that was stopped for a red light on southbound U.S. 31. The van was being driven by a 59-year-old Jackson man.
After the impact, the Escape was flung into a second stopped vehicle, a red Chevy Cruze driven by a 73-year-old Allegan man.
The Grand Haven woman and Allegan man were injured in the crash, said Sgt. Brian Buter of the Sheriff’s Office, and both were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
The Grand Haven woman, whose name was not released, was cited for an assured clear distance violation, Buter said.
The intersection was never completely shut down after the crash, but southbound U.S. 31 had to be slowed to one lane for approximately one hour during the investigation and clean-up efforts.