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Another Dozing Driver Causes Crash on NB US-31 in Ottawa Co.


GRAND HAVEN, MI (WHTC) - For the second time in a week, a dozing motorist in broad daylight slammed a moving car into a semi that had stopped for a traffic light on northbound US-31 in Ottawa County.

Unlike last Friday’s accident at the intersection of Port Sheldon Street, which claimed the life of 31-year-old Anthony Doremire of Muskegon, yesterday’s crash at the intersection of Ferris Street only led to the hospitalization of 26-year-old Mary Baars of Grand Haven.

According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Austin, 53-year-old truck driver Richard Dekins of Grand Rapids had just seen the traffic signal turn green as Baars’ car was approaching. As Dekins started to move his rig, the automobile rearended his trailer, and Baars, who admitted that she had fallen asleep, saw her car go six to eight feet underneath upon impact.

Rescue crews had to extricate the pinned woman from her vehicle, and she was taken to North Ottawa Community Hospital for treatment of a possible broken arm; Dekins was not hurt.

Austin said that alcohol was not a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.