Driver airlifted after accident in Osceola County

LEROY TWP. — Power outages occurred Saturday near LeRoy Township after a vehicle struck a utility pole support wire.

Deputies from the Osceola County Sheriff's Office responded to the crash around 6:54 p.m. on Sept. 23 at the intersection of 12 Mile Road and 190th Avenue.

The accident occurred when a vehicle failed to negotiate the curve, ran off the roadway and hit a tree. The vehicle then vaulted, overturned and collided with a utility pole support wire, causing several power lines and power poles to break. This resulted in power outages in the surrounding area.

The driver, of LeRoy, was found trapped in the vehicle and was later airlifted to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids.

A Great Lakes Energy lineman arrived on scene and aided first responders by checking the downed power lines to ensure the area was safe.

The crash remains under investigation by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. Alcohol and speed appear to be factors in the crash.

Lincoln Township Fire and Rescue, along with Osceola County EMS, assisted the sheriff’s office at the scene.