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Many Similarities in Two Ottawa Co. Crashes


UNDATED (WHTC)  - Foggy conditions may have led to two similar crashes two hours and 16 miles apart in Ottawa County yesterday morning.

Sheriff’s Sergeant Steve Austin responded to a wreck on 16th Avenue at Van Buren Street east of Hudsonville. The SUV of Kelsey Gibson had stopped for a stop sign and then proceeded into the intersection, where it was broadsided by the pickup truck of Nicholas Van Dyke. Rescue crews had to extricate the 21-year-old Hudsonville woman out of her flipped-over vehicle, and she was taken to Spectrum-Butterworth Hospital in critical condition; the 33-year-old Van Dyke of Jenison was unhurt. Sergeant Austin added that Van Dyke apparently couldn’t see the SUV in the fog, and that both drivers were buckled up at the time of the crash.

A couple of hours earlier, 24-year-old Nicole Walters of Hamilton was also extricated from her SUV after it was slammed by a pickup truck that drove through a red light on US-31 at James Street on Holland’s North Side. She was taken to Holland Hospital in fair condition; the truck driver, 49-year-old Michael Van Dyke of Holland Township, wasn’t hurt, and it wasn’t immediately disclosed whether the two Van Dykes are related.

Both crashes remain under investigation.