1 dead, 3 hospitalized after crash near Lowell

Kent County
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LOWELL TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was killed and three others injured in a crash on Alden Nash Avenue south of Lowell Sunday afternoon, dispatchers say.

The single-car crash happened around 2:30 p.m. between 36th Street and Emery Drive in Lowell Township.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department said 71-year-old Thomas Phelps of Schoolcraft fell asleep at the wheel, at which point his SUV left the road and hit a tree on the passenger’s side.

Phelps’ front seat passenger, his 63-year-old wife Lu Ann Phelps, was killed in the crash.

The couple’s grandchildren, ages 3 and 6, were in the car. They, along with Thomas Phelps, were hospitalized with injuries that are not considered life-threatening.

Everyone involved was wearing a seat belt, the sheriff’s office said.

Alden Nash was shut down between 36th and Emery Drive for more than three hours while emergency responders were on the scene.

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