2 hurt when cars collide at Ferrysburg intersection

Becky Vargo • May 21, 2019 at 6:21 PM

FERRYSBURG — Emergency crews were dispatched to a Ferrysburg intersection at 5:52 p.m. Tuesday on a report of a collision, with one car crashing into a utility pole.

The crash happened at the intersection of 168th Avenue and Van Wagoner Road. The utility pole was cut in half by the impact and lines were down.

Police said that the drivers, a 22-year-old Spring Lake woman and an 87-year-old Spring Lake man, both suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash.

The woman, who was driving a red Hyundai, was taken by private vehicle to North Ottawa Community Hospital, said Sgt. Christie Wendt of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

The man was pinned inside his gold car. Ferrysburg firefighters waited several minutes before deciding to go ahead with the extrication, despite the downed pole and live power lines that were wrapped around the vehicle. The man was safely extricated, and walking on his own to a stretcher, before the power company crew arrived.

Wendt said that 168th Avenue south of VanWagoner would remain closed until the Grand Haven Board of Light & Power cleared the lines and replaced the utility pole.

The crash occurred when the elderly man, who was southbound on 168th, ran the stop sign at Van Wagoner and struck the Hyundai. Wendt said the woman was traveling east on VanWagoner, stopped for the stop sign and then properly proceeded to make her turn north onto 168th.

Vince Montalvo said that he was in the driveway of his daughter’s house with his grandson when he witnessed the crash.

“I heard that bang over there,” he said. “That’s when I saw him flying through the yard.”

The car traveled past two houses before going off the road and hitting the utility pole.

Police did not release the names of those involved in the crash.

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