Driver hits escaped horse, car near Coopersville; 2 injured

Emergency crews investigate a crash near Coopersville after a car hit a horse and then another car. (Oct. 11, 2016)

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A Ravenna woman is in critical condition after crash involving an escaped horse.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says the horse was walking on 80th Avenue near Cleveland Street, west of Coopersville, around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

According to police, two cars heading south on 80th Avenue were stopped with their hazard lights on because the horse was in the road. Another car heading north didn’t see the horse and struck it before hitting one of the stopped cars driven by 39-year-old Rachel Wieten of Ravenna.

Emergency crews respond to a crash involving multiple vehicles and a horse near the intersection of 80th Avenue and Cleveland Street near Coopersville. (Oct. 11, 2016)
Emergency crews respond to a crash involving multiple vehicles and a horse near the intersection of 80th Avenue and Cleveland Street near Coopersville. (Oct. 11, 2016)

The driver of the car that hit the horse, 27-year-old Laura Grove of Ravenna, had to be cut out of her vehicle. Police say she was flown to a Grand Rapids hospital with critical injuries.

Wieten suffered minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to a hospital.

The horse died at the scene. Its owner told authorities the animal had gotten out overnight.

“We do get dispatched often to livestock in the roadway — horses or cows. Normally it’s in the daytime but they do get loose at night. It has happened before but its not an everyday occurrence,” sheriff’s office Capt. John Wolffis said.

Police shut down 80th Avenue north of Cleveland Street while they investigate.