OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP — An SUV caused a serious accident on M-57 on Monday night, causing a Montcalm County ambulance to overturn, injuring multiple people.
The ambulance driver, the patient and a medical responder treating the patient were all transported to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital with minor injuries.Troopers from the Michigan State Police responded to the scene on M-57 west of Lincoln Lake Avenue around 10 p.m. According to police, a 2018 Ford Explorer collided with an ambulance that was transporting a patient to the hospital.
The female driver of the Explorer was pinned inside and had to be extricated. She sustained serious injuries and was transported to the hospital by Rockford Ambulance. Police say drugs, alcohol and speed are all considered to be factors in the crash.
“An oncoming car appears to have failed to negotiate the curve and crossed the centerline,” Montcalm County Emergency Services Director Eric Smith said. “To avoid hitting head on, and attempting to miss the oncoming car altogether, the ambulance headed for the ditch. The car still hit the ambulance right behind the driver’s door, causing it to roll over into the ditch. The driver of the other car, the patient the ambulance was transporting, and both ambulance staff well all injured and transported to the hospital via ambulance.
“It appears all will make a recovery,” Smith said. “The ambulance and everything in it is destroyed. Most importantly, the people are not.”
Police were assisted at the scene by Montcalm County and Rockford ambulances, Oakfield Township Fire Department, Kent County Sheriff’s Office, Greenville Department of Public Safety, Bookwalker Towing and the Michigan State Police 6th District Accident Reconstructionist.