Five People Injured When Car Slams Into Back of Grand Rapids, MI Firetruck

(Article in Full) GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Two adults and three children were injured after a car slammed into the back of a Grand Rapids fire truck that was parked along I-196 because of an earlier crash.

Westbound I-196 after Lake Michigan Drive is closed.

The crash happened at 10:12 a.m. in the westbound lanes of I-196 at the Butterworth Street overpass. Snowy and slippery conditions, particularly at the overpass, likely contributed to the crash, fire officials said.

Police said the adult female passenger was unconscious and taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital. Three children in the back seat were taken to DeVos Children’s Hospital.

The adult male, the driver of the Ford Focus, needed to be extricated and also was taken to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.

Grand Rapids firefighters said the fire engine was parked along the freeway as a “blocker” to protect police and rescuers at the earlier crash.

Fire Lt. Matt Keusch said another car hit the rear of the fire truck, with relatively minor damage, moments before the Ford Focus spun out of control.

Keusch said “cars were spinning out all over” and he said there were a few near misses before the crash involving the Focus.


  1. sounds like due to conditions the road should been shut down till it could be treated and safer to drive on prior to this crash given the minor crash and many near misses

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