1 hospitalized after 3-vehicle crash, fire

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BALTIMORE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A semi-truck and another vehicle caught fire after a three-car crash on a stretch of M-37 south of Hastings on Monday afternoon.

The crash happened around 1:15 p.m. on M-37 near McGlynn Road in Baltimore Township.

The Barry County Sheriff’s Office says a Ford Escape stopped in the northbound lane so another vehicle could turn left into a private drive. A northbound Ford Econoline cargo van wasn’t able to stop and struck the rear driver’s side of the Escape. The van then went into the southbound lane, where it collided with a southbound semi-truck.

The semi and the van then caught fire. The drivers of both vehicles got out before the fire started.

A courtesy photo shows a damaged van and semi truck following a crash on M-37 near Sager Road in Barry County on April 10, 2017. (ReportIt)

The driver of the van, a 30-year-old from Battle Creek, was hospitalized, but authorities say he was conscious and alert at the scene.

The driver of the Escape, a 59-year-old Dowling man, and his wife, a 63-year-old woman, were not hurt. The driver of the semi, a 46-year-old Morley man, also wasn’t hurt.

The sheriff’s office says the crash remains under investigation.

Authorities shut down both the northbound and southbound lanes of M-37 between Sager and McGlynn roads after the crash, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. One lane was reopened about 45 minutes later, MDOT tweeted, and all lanes had reopened as of around 4:15 p.m.

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