OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An Ottawa County crash sent two women to the hospital Friday.
The crash happened around 3:15 p.m. Friday at 136th Avenue and Van Buren Street in Olive Township, about six miles north of Holland.
Deputies say the silver minivan was heading west on Van Buren Street and pulled out in front of a Ford Fusion, which was traveling south on 136th Avenue.
“It appears right now the at-fault driver was the van that didn’t yield for the southbound car,” said Sgt. Matt Wildfong of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office.
The minivan driver, a 21-year-old woman from Holland, was critically injured in the crash. Deputies say she was unconscious but breathing when Aero Med arrived and took her to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.
The driver of the car, a 25-year-old woman from West Olive, was taken by ambulance to Holland Hospital with injuries.
“It was about the early afternoon, 2:30 maybe 3 (p.m.), (I) heard an explosion,” said Keith LaCombe who has lived on Van Buren Street for 27 years. “Cars go too fast here.”
He says people use the roads to avoid congestion on the highway.
“They’re almost drag racing through here and when they go too fast. They don’t see the stop sign. They go on through,” LaCombe said.
LaCombe believes the intersection is dangerous.
“It’s been that way since ’92. Since I been here, there have been four collisions, three fatalities,” he said.
Data from the Michigan Office of Highway Safety Planning show no reported crashes at the intersection since 2004.
That compares to data down 136th Avenue at Riley Avenue where there were 16 crashes in 2018 and at James Street where there were 17 crashes last year.