Update: M-37 Crash Victim Identified
SPARTA TOWNSHIP, MI – A horrific head-on accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 30th, 2015 on M-37 between Phelps Avenue NW and 15 Mile Road NW.
Authorities are confirming that one person, a man, believed to be in his mid 20’s, who is from Grand Rapids, is dead following the crash.
M-37 was closed in both directions for over eight hours while authorities investigated and clean-up of the crash site could take place. It was not until 3:03 a.m. that MDOT sent out a message stating that the roadway was back open in both directions.
The deadly accident happened during the evening rush hour which involved a 2003 semi-truck and a 2000 Chevrolet pick-up truck. The driver of the pick-up was thrown from their vehicle and died at the scene. The driver of the semi was not injured.
The pick-up was completely destroyed in the crash. Much of it was scattered in pieces across both lanes. The semi landed in a ditch where it caught fire and was leaking diesel fuel after the crash. Fire crews were able to put the fire out within a short period of time.
Michigan State Police stated that the driver of the pick-up truck was at fault and caused the crash. He was heading north on M-37 when he crossed over the center line coming out of a curve and hit the southbound semi-truck head-on.
Sparta Police Chief Jerry Bolen stated that it was one of the worst crashes he has ever seen.
The accident remains under investigation. It is not currently known if drugs, alcohol or texting were factors in the crash.
The driver’s name has not been released pending notification of family.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Michigan State Police at the Rockford Post at (616)-866-4411.