Two hospitalized after head-on crash in Pine Township

PINE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) – Two men were hospitalized after a fiery head-on crash Friday afternoon.

It happened around 2 p.m. on M-91 in Pine Township, according a Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department news release.

Deputies say a 1997 Mercury Mountaineer, driven by a 52-year-old Stanton man, was driving erratically at a high rate of speed before failing to navigate a curve south of Langston.

The Mountaineer crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic, hitting a 2003 Dodge Ram pickup head-on. The pickup was driven by a 60-year-old Trufant man.

Then Mountaineer had a gas leak and caught fire which was extinguished by passersby, according to deputies.

Both drivers were pinned inside their vehicles and had to be extricated.

The driver of the Mountaineer did not appear to be wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, the release said.

Both drivers were taken to the hospital. Authorities did not release the extent of their injuries.

A German Shepard inside the pickup at the time of the crash was not injured.

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