Driver killed in head-on with semi-tanker

N-Accident_Fatal_Carby Judy Reed

Joan and Chuck Carpenter, of Oakfield Township, were heading westbound on M-57 to a doctor’s appointment Tuesday about 12:08 p.m., near Redmond Avenue, when the unthinkable happened.

“The car in front of me just swerved across the center line and into that truck,” said Chuck, who was visibly shaken by the accident.

The car in front of them had hit an eastbound semi-tractor trailer hauling diesel fuel.

“It was like something out of a wild movie,” remarked Joan. “The car flew up and spun around. I really thought it was going to hit us.”

For a couple of minutes, Chuck and Joan said they were the only ones on the scene. Then two men stopped and helped get the truck driver out. The semi had overturned and caught on fire, spilling its contents. Courtland and Oakfield Fire Departments responded to the scene, and quickly doused the flames. The truck driver escaped with non-life threatening injuries. The westbound driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene.

Assisting Michigan State Police at the scene were the fire departments, Kent County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kent County Road Commission. The accident is still under investigation.

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