LOWELL, Mich. (WOOD) - A semi-truck and car collided on a Kent County road, resulting in the truck catching on fire and the car driver being hospitalized.
The incident occurred around 6:15 a.m. Monday near Alden Nash Avenue/Segwun Avenue and Grand River Drive SE, south of Lowell.
Christina Thompson was driving her northbound BMW when she lost control, causing the vehicle to cross the center line and hit the southbound semi-truck, according to the Kent County Sheriff's Department.
The collision forced both vehicles off the road.
The semi-truck's gas tank ruptured and the cab engulfed in flames. The driver, 33-year-old Daren Galinis from Wyoming, safely escaped.
Thompson, from Jackson, was transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids for treatment to non-life threatening injuries.
Both drivers wore seat belts at the time of the wreck, police said, and alcohol was not a factor.
When the gas tank ruptured, diesel fuel spilled onto the road, creating a hazardous driving condition for other motorists. So a detour was set up for many hours onto Segwun Avenue and Lowell View Avenue SE as crews cleaned up the fuel.
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