OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was killed and three others were injured in a horrific crash along M-57 west of Greenville Wednesday night.
The crash happened just after 11:30 p.m. on M-57, also known as 14 Mile Road, near Wellman Road in northeast Kent County. The road was shut down for hours afterwards.
Michigan State Police had not released the name of the victim late Thursday. A sergeant at the Rockford Post told 24 Hour News 8 police were making sure all family members had been notified.
The driver of a Toyota Camry was eastbound on M-57 when he tried to pass another eastbound vehicle on the right shoulder, police say, and lost control. The Camry then crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and struck a westbound Chevrolet Traverse.
Two male passengers in the Camry, a 20- and 22-year-old from the Greenville area, were thrown from the car. The 22-year-old survived, but the 20-year-old died at the scene.
Damage to the car was so bad that state police investigators say they don’t know whether the passengers were wearing their seat belts.
The Camry’s driver, a 21-year-old also from the Greenville area, was pinned in the vehicle. He was in serious condition at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital Thursday.
As of Thursday afternoon, the driver of the Traverse — a 35-year-old Cedar Springs woman — was hospitalized in stable condition.
Both vehicles were taken to a Rockford-area salvage yard, where daylight provided a telling look at what happened. The back of the Camry was torn from the frame.
MSP says both alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash.
Troopers are still looking for witnesses to the crash or the moments leading up to it. Anyone with information is asked to call MSP’s Rockford Post at 616.866.4411.