GRPD: 1 dead in head-on crash on Lake Michigan Drive

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A woman was killed and others were injured in a crash that shut down a stretch of Lake Michigan Drive in Grand Rapids Wednesday morning, police say.

The crash happened around 8:15 a.m. near the intersection of Fairfield Avenue NW. The Grand Rapids Police Department said a westbound sedan collided head-on with an eastbound SUV in the center turn lane. The crashed caused an eastbound Rapid bus to hit the eastbound SUV.

The driver of the sedan, a 27-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A 5-year-old who was in the sedan was in a car seat and will be OK, police say, though that child was taken to the hospital.

The driver of the SUV, a 60-year-old woman of Grand Rapids, sustained life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital.

The Rapid bus driver sustained minor injuries.

No injuries were reported for passengers on the bus.

Authorities on scene of a crash involving a Rapid bus in Grand Rapids Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.
Authorities on scene of a crash involving a Rapid bus in Grand Rapids Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020.

Names of those involved in the crash were not immediately released.

GRPD Sgt. John Wittkowski said investigators were looking into what caused the crash, like whether a medical condition could have been involved, whether the center turn lane was being misused or whether the sun may have blinded anyone. He also noted the stretch of Lake Michigan Drive where the crash happened is known for speeding, though he said he did not know whether that was a factor in the deadly crash.

There was no immediate indication that alcohol or drugs were involved, Wittkowski said.

Both directions of Lake Michigan Drive were closed for hours while authorities investigated and cleaned up. The road didn’t reopen until after 11 a.m.

Anyone with information on the crash is asked to contact GRPD’s traffic unit at 616.456.4282. Anonymous tips can also be made to Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.

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