Car pinned under semi trailer on US-31

The scene of a crash on US-31 at M-45. (June 10, 2015)

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was not seriously hurt after his car slammed into the back of a semi-truck on US-31 between Grand Haven and Holland on Wednesday morning, authorities say.

According to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office, 41-year-old Kyle Koestner of Grand Haven was headed south on US-31 near M-45/Lake Michigan Drive in Grand Haven Township around 11:55 a.m. when his Cadillac CTS crashed into the back of the trailer at about 55 mph.

Koestner’s car became lodged underneath the trailer. He was able to crawl out of the back with help from sheriff’s deputies.

Koestner told deputies he was looking at his phone and didn’t realize that the trailer in front of him was stopped.

Truck driver Ali Zakaria, 43, of Brooklyn, N.Y. told deputies he was stopped at a red light and felt a car hit his trailer when the light turned green.

Koestner was conscious and alert when he was taken to Mercy Health Hackley Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Zakaria was not hurt.

Both men were wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash, authorities say.

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