M-66 shut down after crash, gas leak

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STANTON, Mich. (WOOD) — A stretch of M-66 south of Stanton was shut down for about three hours Saturday after a car crashed into a natural gas line.

The crash happened around 12:45 p.m. on M-66 between Pakes and Stanton roads.

Authorities say a 1992 Ford F-150 pickup towing a boat was going northbound on M-66 and was attempting to turn into a drive. A 1996 Jeep Cherokee also going northbound did not see the signal and crashed into the boat. Then, the Jeep went off the road and struck a natural gas line.

No one was hurt when the vehicle hit the natural gas line. The driver of the Ford F-150 is a 46-year-old Saranac man and the driver of the Jeep is a 57-year-old Howard City woman.

M-66 was shut down for a time as crews responded to fix the gas line and make sure a leak did not ignite. Montcalm County dispatchers said no one was in danger.

The road reopened around 4:45 p.m., according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

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