MSP trooper, Utah woman seriously hurt in 2-vehicle crash

Ionia County

A Michigan State Police cruiser (left) and a jeep (right) that were involved in a two-vehicle crash in Ionia County’s Boston Township on July 10, 2020. (Photos courtesy: Michigan State Police)

BOSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Two people, including a Michigan State Police trooper, were seriously injured in a two-vehicle crash on Friday night near Saranac in Ionia County.

It happened just before 10 p.m. Friday on Grand River Avenue west of Nash Highway in Boston Township.

State police say the trooper, Caleb Starr of the Lakeview Post, was heading west on Grand River Avenue in his cruiser when he was hit head on by an eastbound vehicle driven by a 28-year-old woman from Utah.

Authorities say the investigation shows Starr was driving at a steady speed that was below the 55 mph speed limit. Prior to the crash, he reduced the speed of the patrol car significantly.

The trooper had to be extracted from the cruiser after the crash. He was airlifted to a hospital in Grand Rapids in critical condition, according to MSP.

The other driver, whose name hasn’t been released, was taken to the hospital by ambulance in critical condition.

As of Thursday afternoon, Starr was still listed in critical condition. The woman is in critical but stable condition.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, authorities say. However, alcohol is now believed to be a contributing factor.

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