Sixteen Accidents-Not All Trucking Accidents

There were two separate accidents within hours of each other in Olive Township on Wednesday afternoon. The trucking accident was at one of the deadliest intersections in Michigan. Over the past two years, there have been 16 crashes at the intersection of U.S. 31 and Port Sheldon Road and it was the site of another deadly trucking accident Wednesday.

There was one fatality and three individuals were hospitalized in the two separate crashes on Port Sheldon Street. Many residents in the Olive Township area are concerned for their safety at this intersection, especially after this most recent death of 60-year-old Frank Lawrence, of Port Sheldon Township.  Lawrence was driving the van that was hit by the semi-truck that may have run the red light. Lawrence’s passenger, 44-year-old Andrew Siegers, was taken to a hospital where he underwent emergency surgery.

Trucking Accident Produced No Arrests

“At this time, we’re still working on witness statements to find out where the sequence of the light was,” said Sgt. Michael Wieringa of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department. “But we know that the semi hit the van. The driver of the van was ejected from the car and was pronounced deceased on the scene.” The truck driver, a 32-year-old man from Bay Shore, N.Y., was heading northbound on U.S. 31 to deliver landscaping materials in Grand Haven, when the trucking accident occurred.

The truck driver was not arrested, and he gave no explanation for running the red light, although in many past cases, collisions at the intersection have been due to human error. Local police are at a loss to explain why there are so many accidents at that intersection, many of them trucking accidents. “The intersection is very wide open,” said Sgt. Michael Wieringa of the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department.

“There are no blind spots, It’s very well signaled. The lights coming up there, in fact, in the last couple years, Michigan U-turns were put there to replace left turns. In fact, we’re finding the majority of accidents at that intersection are typically driver related.”One explanation could be that: “(Drivers are) going a long ways without seeing a stop sign,” he continued, “There could be numerous reasons why people, for whatever reason, are just going through that red light.” When you have an intersection like this one that has had altogether too many accidents you must make sure the local government agencies take care of the problem. When you have an intersection that has 16 accidents in a period of 2 years it’s a red flag.

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It’s not one individual’s fault, the community must step in and take a stand for the safety of their family and friends. My heart goes out to Mr. Lawrence’s family. Alarm bells start going off the minute you see so many accidents concentrated at one location. Perhaps the city could install a warning of the upcoming intersection, if individuals are driving a long way without seeing a stop sign. Let the drivers know this intersection is coming up and to slow down and prepare to stop. If you have been in a trucking accident and you need a truck accident attorney, contact us at The Law Offices of Nadrich & Cohen, we can help you.

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