Inmates in sheriff’s dept vehicle hurt in crash

SPRING LAKE, Mich. (WOOD) – Four Ottawa County inmates were in hurt when their sheriff’s department vehicle collided with another vehicle, police said in a news release.

The Sentenced Work Abatement Program (SWAP) van was being driven by a sheriff’s department corrections officer and stopped on School Street, as the driver was waiting to turn west onto Savage Street in Spring Lake, police said.

The driver began to go into the intersection but stopped because an eastbound vehicle was approaching, police said.

The van’s driver backed up a few feet to wait for the eastbound vehicle to pass. The van’s trailer hitch then struck the front bumper of the vehicle, which was behind the van and also waiting to turn at the intersection, Ottawa County authorities said.

Both vehicles sustained minor damage during the collision that occurred around 1:21 p.m. Monday, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

Five total inmates were in the van, and originally said they were not hurt. But later, four of them reported injuries and asked for an ambulance so they could go to a hospital, police said. Three of them were eventually transported, while the fourth injured inmate declined treatment at the scene.

The extent of the inmates’ injures is unknown.

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