DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say three people have died after their minivan was struck by another vehicle when the driver stopped to help a motorist.
The crash happened Tuesday night along westbound Interstate 496 in Eaton County’s Delta Township, near Lansing.
The victims were all from Lansing: 59-year-old Kelly McNamara, 66-year-old Linda Foote and 57-year-old Kevin Trusty. The sheriff’s department says nine people were taken to hospitals after the three-vehicle crash. One was in critical condition.
Spokeswoman Jerri Nesbitt says investigators believe the minivan was hit when the driver was moving the van to help jump-start another vehicle. The driver was treated at a hospital and released.
Nesbitt says weather probably wasn’t a factor but some people were not wearing seat belts.