HOLLAND TWP., MI (WHTC) - The rebuilding of I-196 south of Holland this summer has claimed its first life.
Westbound traffic was diverted off and back on at the Adams Street exit for about three hours yesterday afternoon after a car, driven by 50-year-old Randall Spriggs of South Bend, slammed at apparently full speed into the trailer of a semi near that junction. The big rig had slowed for merging traffic ahead due to work between Ottagan Street and the US-31 junction that created single-lane motoring in that stretch.
Ottawa County Sheriff's Captain Steve Kempker admitted that the warning signs of an imminent disaster were there. Central Dispatch had just received some calls from motorists claiming that a car was speeding westbound on I-196, weaving in and out of traffic, just prior to the crash.
Alone in his car, Spriggs was apparently killed upon impact; the trucker, 45-year-old Andrew Wember of Muskegon, was not hurt. Deputies couldn't immediately determine what led Spriggs to slam into the semi as the investigation into the crash continues.
Work on the freeway is expected to last through Halloween.