1 seriously hurt in crash involving semi on I-196

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GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man was seriously hurt Tuesday when his car collided with a semi-truck on I-196 east of Hudsonville.

The crash happened around 5:50 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the highway at M-6 in Georgetown Township, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities say an eastbound car left the roadway and hit the guardrail on the right shoulder. The car then went back onto the roadway, at which point it hit an eastbound semi-truck.

That caused the semi to leave the left side of the road and hit a guardrail before coming to a stop in the roadway.

The driver of the car, 65-year-old Robert Vandermolen of Grand Rapids, had to be freed from his vehicle by firefighters. He sustained serious injuries and was taken to the hospital.

The driver of the semi, a 43-year-old Wyoming man, was not hurt.

Both drivers were wearing their seat belts. Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor.

Eastbound I-196 was shut down for a time as emergency crews were on the scene.

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