Deputies: Drunk driver hits semi-truck in Van Buren Co.

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PORTER TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is facing charges after a crash in Van Buren County Friday night.

It happened around 10:30 p.m. on M-40 near Country Road 352 in Porter Township, south of Paw Paw.

Deputies say a Ford truck crossed the centerline and hit the double trailer semi-truck. The driver of the semi tried to avoid the crash but couldn’t get out of the way.

The 33-year-old driver of the truck was drunk and driving without a license, according to deputies. He was taken to the hospital with serious injuries and is expected to be charged with operating while intoxicated, driving without a valid license, driving a vehicle without insurance or security and possession of open intoxicants in a vehicle.

A passenger was arrested for alcohol violations and lodged at the Van Buren County Jail.

M-40 was closed for more than two hours while crews worked to clear the spilled cargo from the roadway.

The driver of the semi-truck was not injured.