2 hurt in car-ambulance crash on rural road

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BUSHNELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Two people, one of them an EMT, sustained minor injuries when a car and ambulance collided in rural Montcalm County Thursday afternoon.

The crash happened just before 1 p.m. at the intersection of Fenwick Road and Town Hall Road in Bushnell Township, south of Sheridan, according to Michigan State Police.

Police say the American Medical Response ambulance headed south on Town Hall and stopped at the sign at Fenwick. The ambulance then proceeded into the intersection, at which point it was struck in the rear bumper on the passenger’s side by an eastbound Chrysler 300 that didn’t have a stop sign.

The ambulance was taking a patient home and did not have its lights or siren on. The patient, a 69-year-old Ionia woman, was not hurt and another ambulance took her the rest of the way home.

MSP says the restraints used by the EMT in the back of the ambulance, a 19-year-old from Zeeland, seem to have failed. She sustained minor injuries when she was thrown inside the back of the ambulance and was taken to a Grand Rapids hospital. The ambulance driver, a 39-year-old Grand Rapids man, wasn’t hurt.

The driver of the car, a 20-year-old Carson City woman, was taken to a hospital in Carson City with minor injuries. Her 3-year-old daughter was in a car seat in the back seat and wasn’t hurt, but she was also taken to the hospital with her mother to be checked out.

MSP said that rolling hills and vegetation near the intersection contributed to the crash. The ambulance driver was not cited.