Video shows car slam into Cannonsburg Ski Area building

Kent County

CANNON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Cannonsburg Ski Area employees showed up to work Monday morning to a perplexing scene.

“Definitely an unpleasant way to start the week,” Danielle Musto, the marketing director for Cannonsburg, said.

Someone had completely through the ski patrol office.

The timestamp on surveillance video shows it happened around 11:48 p.m. Sunday at the ski area off Cannonsburg Road near Egypt Valley Avenue in Cannon Township, northeast of Grand Rapids. A speeding car slammed into the building, entering through the front and exiting through the rear side. It caused extensive damage.

“Structurally, you can see some of the walls that have actually shifted,” Musto said.

Cannonsburg officials say no one was in the building at the time of the crash.

“Obviously, the building is destroyed,” Musto said. “We have so much inside. Ski patrol treats customers in the winter for minor injuries and more severe (injuries). Definitely unfortunate.”

Considering people exercise at Cannonsburg at night, management was relieved no one was hurt.

“You never know if someone is coming to ride their bike at night or hikers at night,” Musto said.

The surveillance video appears to show the driver walking by the building a few hours after the crash, around 3 a.m. He did not seem to be injured.

The car was left behind, but the driver was long gone by the time Kent County sheriff’s deputies got there. Authorities say they found him later Monday. The 28-year-old Belmont man was cited.

Cannonsburg management hopes to repair building in time for the busy winter season. 

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