1 driver hurt in 2-vehicle crash at Apple, 144th

Becky Vargo • May 7, 2019 at 10:07 AM

CROCKERY TWP. — A 49-year-old Fruitport man was seriously injured when he was ejected from his pickup truck in a two-vehicle crash Tuesday morning in Crockery Township, police said.

The injured man’s name was not released. Police said he was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.

Emergency crews responded to the crash at Apple Drive and 144th Avenue shortly after 9:30 a.m.

Max Riekse, 72, of Fruitport said he was driving his 2017 Ford Escape south on 144th Avenue. Riekse said he saw the truck coming, but thought he could make it across the intersection. Instead, he struck the eastbound pickup truck on its driver’s door. 

The impact caused the white Dodge pickup truck to go off the road and overturn. Police said the driver was ejected.

Riekse said he called 911, and when he went over to check on the driver of the other vehicle, he found him on the ground, east of the truck.

“I don’t know how he got there,” Riekse said. “It all happened so fast.”

The truck’s driver was conscious and alert when he left the scene via a North Ottawa Community Hospital ambulance, said Sgt. Matt Wildfong of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.  

The intersection was closed for more than an hour for investigation following the crash.

Assisting the Sheriff’s Office deputies at the scene were firefighters from Crockery and Spring Lake townships.

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