One Dead in Kent County Crash

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WALKER, MI – One person was killed in a fiery head-on crash in Walker on Friday, April 1st, 2016.Fatal Crash

The head-on collision occurred at Wilson Avenue SW and Butterworth Street about 8 a.m. Friday morning. That is at the border of Walker and Grandville.  One of the vehicles, a newer Ford pickup truck, caught fire as a result of the crash.

The driver of a silver sedan is identified as a 36-year-old man, Robert Martin Vanderploeg, from Jenison.  He died at the scene of the accident.

Witnesses told deputies that the southbound vehicle, a silver sedan, driven by Robert Vanderploeg, was swerving all over the roadway. As callers were calling 911 to report it, the sedan crossed the center line and hit a blue pick-up truck head-on.

Both drivers were wearing seat belts and speed is not considered a factor.

The driver of the truck, a 32-year-old Marne man, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The man’s dog, a black Collie mix named Gunner, ran away after the crash. If you see the dog, please call the Walker Police Department at 616-791-6887.

As of 10:40 a.m. the roadway was reopened.

The names of those involved in the crash have not been identified at this time.

No further information is available at this time.  Please check back for updates.

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