Officer: 1 killed in explosive crash near Howard City

Montcalm County
reynolds township yankee road crash

Michigan State Police investigate a deadly crash at Yankee and Reed roads in Reynolds Township, north of Howard City. (July 9, 2019)

REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — One person is dead after an explosive crash in Montcalm County.

Dispatchers confirmed the crash happened around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday at Yankee and Reed roads in Reynolds Township, north of Howard City.

Dispatchers say a vehicle hit a tree and exploded. Police say the 29-year-old male driver, who was the only person inside the vehicle, died.

Michigan state police cruiser parked on dirt road with emergency lights on
Michigan State Police investigate a deadly crash at Yankee and Reed roads in Reynolds Township, north of Howard City. (July 9, 2019)

The crash forced authorities to close northbound Reed Road. The roadway reopened shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities say speed is believed to be a factor in the crash.

However, troopers do not think alcohol or distracted driving were involved.

Michigan State Police continue to investigate the crash.

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