Deputy pinned, injured in Georgetown Township crash

Ottawa County

GEORGETOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An Ottawa County sheriff’s deputy was seriously injured in a crash Wednesday morning.

It happened around 5:40 a.m. Wednesday on Port Sheldon Street at 34th Avenue in Georgetown Township, near Hudsonville.

“There was a vehicle traveling westbound that eventually, yet gradually, came across the centerline and the deputy had to take evasive action,” Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Mark Bennett explained.

Bennett said the deputy, whose name the department is not released, tried to get out of the way, but the cars collided anyway. The deputy was pinned in his car and had to be freed by first responders. 

Both the deputy and the other driver, a 47-year-old Grand Rapids woman, were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

“We’ve had deputies seriously injured in crashed before. These injuries are serious although not life-threatening,” said Bennett. “It unfortunately happens but I wouldn’t say it’s a common occurrence but something we’re always cognizant of.”

Officers say it’s not yet clear what led to the crash, which remains under investigation. Police say initial investigations show the 47-year-old was likely at fault.

Port Sheldon Street was closed between 28th and 36th avenues for more than three hours while crews investigated and cleaned up.

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