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Dangerous Stretch of M-40 in Holland Claims Another Life


HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) - A 30-year-old Zeeland man, apparently driving to his teaching position at Hamilton High School, has died in a two-vehicle crash this morning.

Holland Public Safety officers say that Joshua Hoppe’s southbound car apparently collided underneath the trailer of a semi that was pulling out of the Tulip City Truck Stop off of M-40 south of the I-196 junction just after 6 AM. Hoppe died at the scene; the trucker, 54-year-old David St. John of Wellston, Michigan, was unhurt. A dense fog advisory was in effect at the time, and the collision and subsequent investigation closed the roadway for several hours. Two unrelated crashes north of the junction were also reported.

The incident comes nearly seven years after a similar morning commute wreck at that site on a snow-covered M-40 killed 38-year-old Curtis Boeve of Holland, along with his 13-year-old son Zach and four-year-old daughter Emma. The truck driver involved pled no contest to charges, while M-DOT officials, who have jurisdiction of that state trunk road, made minor changes but didn’t install a traffic signal as some had advocated at that time.