Fiery crash near Lowell kills 1, injures another

Firefighters work to put out a vehicle fire after a head-on collision on Nov. 1, 2017.


BOSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was killed and another hospitalized after a fiery head-on crash that shut down a road near Lowell Wednesday.

Ionia County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Andrew Bucholtz called the scene “horrible.”

The crash happened around 10:14 a.m. near the intersection of Bluewater Highway and Whites Bridge Road in Boston Township east of Lowell. The Ionia County Sheriff’s Office said there were three vehicles involved, two of which collided head-on.

Authorities said deputies were on the scene within six minutes of getting the call. When they arrived, they found one of the vehicles engulfed in flames. The second vehicle was also burning.

A deputy and a civilian volunteer firefighter fought the fire and freed the driver of the second vehicle. That driver, 42-year-old Christopher McKibben of Saranac, was taken to a Grand Rapids Hospital. Authorities said he was listed in serious condition later Wednesday, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Authorities say McKibben was eastbound on M-21 when he crossed the centerline. McKibben’s Ford Explorer sideswiped a Kia and then hit a Buick Rendezvous head-on. The driver of the Rendezvous was killed. That person’s name was not released Wednesday afternoon.

There was no report of injuries to the driver of the Kia, 38-year-old Anna Burr.

It’s not yet clear why McKibben crossed the centerline.

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M-21 between Montcalm Avenue and Pinckney Road was closed while crews worked at the scene.

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