Slushy roads blamed for crash involving garbage truck

A Suburban rear-ended a garbage truck, and was then rear-ended by a Jetta. (Nov. 20, 2014)

SIDNEY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was hospitalized after a crash involving a garbage truck near Derby Lake.

The wreck happened around 9 a.m. Thursday on Derby Road about a quarter-mile south of Lakeside Drive in Sidney Township, southwest of Stanton, according to the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say a Chevrolet Suburban driven by Jennifer Kangeter rear-ended an Allied Waste garbage truck that had stopped in the northbound lane.

Kangeter, 41, of Greenville, told authorities she tried to stop for the truck, which had its lights flashing, but couldn’t because the road was too slushy. She was taken to Sheridan Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Only a few minutes after Kangeter struck the truck, before emergency responders arrived, a Volkswagen Jetta rear-ended Kangeter’s Suburban.

The driver of the Jetta, 21-yearold Jacob Wright of Sheridan, also said the road was too slippery for him to stop. He was not hurt.

Both Wright and Kangeter were cited for failing to stop in assured clear distance.

Everyone was wearing their seat belt and multiple airbags were deployed, the sheriff’s office said. Neither the garbage truck driver, 49-year-old Robert McCune of Alma, nor the worker who was gathering trash bins at the time of the crash were hurt.

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