Fiery crash near Rothbury kills driver

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GRANT TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A man is dead after a fiery crash in Oceana County.

Around 7 a.m. Sunday, deputies were called to South Water Road just west of W. Clay Road in Grant Township, northwest of Rothbury.

There, they found a burning 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup truck with the driver inside.

Investigators determined the driver had been heading north on South Water Road when he veered off the road, partially corrected, then went off the road again, hitting a large spruce tree.

The impact of the crash caused his pickup truck to catch fire and the man couldn’t escape.

A passing driver tried to rescue the driver, but couldn’t because of the fire.

The victim’s identity is not yet been confirmed at this time.

Authorities say speed was “very likely a factor” in this crash; they’re trying to determine if alcohol and drugs had any role as well.

This incident is under investigation by the Oceana County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information in the case is encouraged to call 231.869.5858.

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