Blowing snow that created icy roads may have been the cause of a three-car accident that sent four people to the hospital Monday, Dec. 28.
“This is the worst stretch we have on this road [M-57] between Lincoln Lake and Morgan Mills,” said Mickey Davis, fire chief in both Courtland and Oakfield townships. “It always needs to be salted.”
The accident occurred in Oakfield Township, near the intersection of Morgan Mills at about 3:45 p.m. According to Sgt. Draves of the Rockford State Police, a blue 1995 Dodge, driven by Amanda Cooper, 27, of Gowen, was heading westbound on 14 Mile Road (M-57) when the car in front of her began to brake. She couldn’t stop in time, and swerved into oncoming traffic, side-swiping an eastbound Pontiac driven by Susan Waller, 20, of Cedar Springs. Cooper’s vehicle then spun and hit an eastbound van driven by Chad Wight, 39, of Rockford. The van then left the roadway and traveled south down an embankment.
Cooper and her seven-year-old child, who was restrained in the front passenger seat in a booster seat, were taken to Butterworth Hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. Wight and his wife Shannon, 40, who was a passenger in the van, were also transported to Butterworth with non-life-threatening injuries. Waller was not injured.
Assisting the Michigan State Police at the scene was both Oakfield and Courtland townships’ fire and rescue units, Rockford Ambulance, and Kent County Road Commission.