1 dead after car rear-ends semi-truck

HOLLAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An Indiana man was killed east of Holland Sunday when his car collided with the rear of a semi-truck.

The victim was identified by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office as Randall Spriggs, 50, of South Bend, Ind.

The wreck happened around 12:20 p.m. on westbound I-196 between Adams Street and 96th Avenue in Holland Township.

Authorities on the scene of a deadly crash on westbound I-196 near Adams Street. (July 6, 2014)Spriggs’s 2013 Honda Accord collided with the rear of a semi-truck belonging to ALTL, Inc. out of Muskegon. The Accord is believed to have been going about 70 mph at the time of the crash. Spriggs was killed on impact.

The sheriff’s office says Spriggs never braked as the semi slowed for an upcoming construction zone.

“(The Michigan Department of Transportation) has this zone marked very well. The speeds start to reduce prior to where the lanes start to narrow down,” sheriff’s office Capt. Steve Kempker said. “It’s just one of those things where people have to be alert once they see those orange signs that you’re coming close to a construction zone or you’re entering that construction zone. You’ve got to reduce your speed. You’ve got to be on your toes.”

911 calls before the crash reported Spriggs was swerving out of his lane, the sheriff’s office said.

Investigators are looking into whether alcohol or fatigue were factors.

“Today is a tragedy,” Kempker said.

The semi-truck driver, a 45-year-old from Muskegon, was not hurt.

Westbound I-196 between mile markers 52 and 53 was shut down about three hours. All lanes reopened around 3:30 p.m., according to MDOT.

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