One dead, two injured in Ottawa Co. crash

Ottawa County

POLKTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — One person is dead and two people are critically injured after a multiple-vehicle crash in Ottawa County.

The crash happened just before 1 p.m. Saturday on eastbound I-96 near the 18-mile marker in Polkton Township.

Authorities say a 23-year-old man from Kentwood was driving a Mercedes-Benz when he encountered backed-up traffic due to construction.

He tried to avoid the traffic, but lost control of the vehicle and hit a Lexus that was stopped due to the traffic backup, police say.

Authorities say the Lexus was then pushed into a Ford Escape, which was pushed into another two cars.

The 62-year-old man from West Olive, who was driving the Lexus, died at the scene. A 60-year-old woman passenger, who was in the same car, was taken to the hospital by an ambulance, police say.

Official say Aero Med transported the Kentwood driver to the hospital with critical injuries.

Authorities say the three other drivers involved were not injured.

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office is continuing to investigate the crash.

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