POLKTON TOWNSHIP, MI – On May 18th, 2019, at 12:48PM, Ottawa County Sheriff’s deputies from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a personal injury pin-in crash on Eastbound I-96 near the 18 mile marker in Polkton Township of Ottawa County.
The preliminary investigation at the scene revealed that a 23-year-old man from Kentwood was driving a Mercedes Benz eastbound on I-96 when he encountered slow traffic that was backed up due to road construction. The driver of the Mercedes attempted to avoid the traffic, but he lost control of his vehicle and struck a Lexus that was stopped due to the traffic backup. The Lexus was then pushed into a Ford Escape which was pushed into another two cars.
The 23-year-old man driving the Mercedes Benz was transported by Aero-med to Butterworth Hospital with critical injuries.
The 60-year-old female passenger of the Lexus was transported by LIFE EMS to Butterworth Hospital with critical injuries.
The 62-year-old man driving of the Lexus was pronounced dead at the scene.
The other three drivers were not injured.
This crash remains under investigation by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office and the eastbound lanes of I-96 remain closed for the investigation. Three area fire departments responded to assist with patient care and traffic control during the freeway closure.
Agencies assisting at the scene were Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, Coopersville / Polkton Fire/Rescue, Wright / Tallmadge Fire Rescue, Crockery Township Fire Rescue and LIFE EMS and Aeromed.