REYNOLDS TOWNSHIP — Alcohol is believed to be a factor in a man rolling his vehicle multiple times and sustaining severe injuries on the U.S. 131 Expressway near Howard City on Monday evening.
Montcalm County Sherif’s Deputy Adam Coon responded to the northbound lanes near the West Howard City-Edmore Road (M-82) ramp around 6 p.m.
The investigation revealed that a 2004 Dodge RAM 1500 pickup was northbound on 131 when it left the roadway to the right. The pickup exited the roadway between the off ramp and the travel lanes of the highway. After the pickup left the roadway, it struck an embankment and overturned several times coming to a rest on its passenger side.
The driver of the RAM, a 55-year-old man from Benson, Arizona, had to be extricated from the vehicle by the Howard City Fire Department and was transported to Corewell Health Butterworth Hospital for life-threatening injuries.
A witness reported seeing the truck driving erratically just prior to the crash.
The driver did not appear to be wearing his seatbelt. Alcohol is believed to be a factor and the crash remains under investigation.
The off ramp to M-82 was closed during the investigation. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Montcalm County Central Dispatch, the Michigan State Police, Montcalm County Emergency Services and the Howard City Fire Department.
“When we arrived, the vehicle was on its side and the occupant was trapped in it,” Howard City Fire Chief Randy Heckman said. “We extracted him out of the vehicle. It took approximately 10 minutes, but the vehicle had rolled multiple times. My guys did an excellent job with getting him out of the vehicle quickly.”