NILES TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) - A woman and her three children were injured when their van was hit by a truck whose driver ran a red light, police said.
Amy Leinonen had just picked up her kids from their school and was stopped at a red traffic light at the intersection of S. 11th Street and Fulkerson Street in Niles Township.
Witnesses told police the light changed to green and Leinonen started to proceed west through the intersection when the driver of a northbound box truck drove through a red light.
The truck struck the driver’s side door on Leinonen’s van, which then spun out of control and into a nearby yard, police said.
Deputies and rescue personnel arrived around 3:37 p.m. Thursday and saw Leinonen pinned and unresponsive in her vehicle, according to a news release.
Firefighters extricated and transported the 31-year-old to Memorial Hospital of South Bend in Indiana for treatment to serious, but non-life threatening internal injuries.
Leinonen’s three young children -- ages 7, 9 and 11 -- were also in the van. The kids were transported to the hospital and later treated and released for minor cuts and bruises.
The truck driver, 32-year-old Rafael Alonzo Jr. of Chicago, was not injured.
Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be factors in the accident, which remains under investigation.
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