3 injured in 2-vehicle crash in Georg...

3 injured in 2-vehicle crash in Georgetown Twp

There are 48 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from Jul 7, 2008, titled 3 injured in 2-vehicle crash in Georgetown Twp. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Three people were injured after being involved in a two-vehicle crash in Ottawa County.

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mee

Grand Rapids, MI

#1 Jul 7, 2008
whats up with all of these old people and accidents latley i think the state needs to make them do a new drivers training course for the elderly after age 60...some of them just are not ment to drive!
old person

United States

#2 Jul 8, 2008
mee wrote:
whats up with all of these old people and accidents latley i think the state needs to make them do a new drivers training course for the elderly after age 60...some of them just are not ment to drive!
I think they should give people spelling tests before they are allowed to post comments. You're an idiot.
dogeatdog

United States

#3 Jul 8, 2008
old person wrote:
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I think they should give people spelling tests before they are allowed to post comments. You're an idiot.
Couldn't have said it better. I take that intersection most every day, and a flashing light
there, at that time of day, is a nightmare situation for a 16, 25, 50, 81 year old anybody.
Darwin

Grand Rapids, MI

#4 Jul 8, 2008
What ticks me off the most, is there was a Sheriff that drove through that intersection, and didn't stop to direct traffic. I thought the police are here to protect and serve? So much for that idea. Plus, it took an accident to get MDOT out to fix it. This was an avoidable tragedy!!

Since: Oct 07

Cloud Nine

#5 Jul 8, 2008
This was a horrible situation last night. My husband and I came to this intersection at about 6 pm last night, when we approached Chicago Dr. I noticed the light was flashing red. I told my husband to be careful because we couldn't see what color was flashing for west bound traffic. A lot of people were acting like it was a four way stop, well when we did the Michigan turn and turned to be heading east we could see that the light for east/west traffic was blinking yellow. I told my husband I hope they get this fixed soon because it is an accident waiting to happen. We can back thru at 7:30 and the accident had happened.

I knew it was really bad because of all the fire trucks and police cruisers, when we went by you could see the roof had to be removed from the car to get the occupant out of the vehicle.

I am so sorry to the Reed family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Justin

United States

#6 Jul 8, 2008
dogeatdog wrote:
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Couldn't have said it better. I take that intersection most every day, and a flashing light
there, at that time of day, is a nightmare situation for a 16, 25, 50, 81 year old anybody.
I agree. Don't you think they should all be flashing red in situations like this.
Ellen

Muskegon, MI

#7 Jul 8, 2008
mee wrote:
whats up with all of these old people and accidents latley i think the state needs to make them do a new drivers training course for the elderly after age 60...some of them just are not ment to drive!
WHAT'S up with all of these DUMB people and inflammatory, insensitive comments LATELY? I think the state needs to make them do a new EDUCATION course for the stupid...Some of them are just not MEANT to comment online. This tragedy could have happened to anyone since malfunctioning traffic lights were a huge contributing factor. Why single out the elderly?

My condolences to the family!
Gail in Wyoming

Grand Rapids, MI

#8 Jul 8, 2008
Mary Reed was very active in the VFW and with her family. She was a happy, content, person and will be missed very much. Whenever you saw her or spoke with her, she had a smile on her face, with a positive attitude in life.

She was one of those people who loved life and loved everyone around her. Her family and friends are suffering a terrible loss. God blessed you, Mary, with a good life and good friends.
Adjutant VFW Post 702

United States

#9 Jul 8, 2008
To the family of Mary. I grieve with you in your loss.
Mary was well liked and a big help to our Ladies Auxiliary.

My tears and symphathy to her family. I will mail the latest newsletter to you since it contains the last thing she did for the Auxiliary.
With Sorrow, Milton
Adjutant VFW Post 702

United States

#10 Jul 8, 2008
mee wrote:
whats up with all of these old people and accidents latley i think the state needs to make them do a new drivers training course for the elderly after age 60...some of them just are not ment to drive!
Please remember, you too will get old someday,(I hope). Perhaps you can temper your judgemental attitude as you gain wisdom
color

Grand Rapids, MI

#11 Jul 8, 2008
mee wrote:
whats up with all of these old people and accidents latley i think the state needs to make them do a new drivers training course for the elderly after age 60...some of them just are not ment to drive!
You have to be young, and inexperienced. I don't know if you were ever taught to think before you reply/write. We call this social retardation. Have you kept up with the news on traffic deaths in Michigan? Traffic accidents can happen to anyone at any age. Death has no age. Go back to bed pray before you do, and ask God to give you some wisdom & knowledge, and a sensitive heart toward others. My Sympathy to the Reed family.
CBA

New York, NY

#12 Jul 8, 2008
My thoughts and prayers go out to her and her family. I went through that intersection this morning and the light is not fixed. It was flashing the same way at 8:00am today. There was a lot of confusion with drivers from all four directions. Very dangerous.
Pam

West Branch, MI

#13 Jul 8, 2008
I'm so sorry for the family's loss. We went through that intersection around 6:15 last night. For those of us heading east on Port Sheldon, the first light (near the railroad tracks) was completely out. Not even blinking. Then the next 2 lights were blinking read. We had no way of knowing what the lights were like for those on Chicago Dr. Plus, we'd heard on the radio that the lights weren't working so to treat it like a 4-way stop. Some people on Chicago Dr WERE stopping, so I can very easily see why people on Port Sheldon were proceeding after stopping. In fact, as were were sitting in the middle, waiting to finish crossing, we were getting upset with those on Chicago Dr that WEREN'T stopping and treating it like a 4-way stop. Like I said, being on Port Sheldon, we had no idea that Chicago Dr had a yellow, not a red. Some would stop and some wouldn't. It was a confusing situaton, that unfortunately, ended in tragedy.

I heard about the lights on the radio at about 5:45. The accident happened close to 6:30. I wonder just how long MDOT thinks is a "reasonable" response time? Or did the folks that called the radio stations to help with traffic reports not even bother calling the police to alert them?
Pam

West Branch, MI

#14 Jul 8, 2008
color wrote:
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Then the next 2 lights were blinking read.
Ooops,(before someone gets on my case for a spelling error), that should have said "blinking RED" not read.
Old Rocker

United States

#15 Jul 8, 2008
Darwin wrote:
What ticks me off the most, is there was a Sheriff that drove through that intersection, and didn't stop to direct traffic. I thought the police are here to protect and serve? So much for that idea. Plus, it took an accident to get MDOT out to fix it. This was an avoidable tragedy!!
It seems the light was functioning, flashing red for Port Sheldon, flashing yellow for Chicago Dr. Anyone who drives knows that flashing red means stop and make sure traffic is clear, and flashing yellow means proceed with caution. That light and many others flash like that every night. I don't believe it was necessary for the police to direct traffic. The sherrif probably reported it.
It's a shame that an elderly driver might have been confused by the blinking light at that time of day, but let's not blame the Sherrif.
Lindsey

Akron, OH

#16 Jul 8, 2008
mee wrote:
whats up with all of these old people and accidents latley i think the state needs to make them do a new drivers training course for the elderly after age 60...some of them just are not ment to drive!
Watch what you say... this is my great aunt you are talking about. Granted she was 81, but if you saw her on the street you would never know it. She was very lively, had NO health problems, and, to my knowledge, didn't even have to wear glasses. I agree, that the laws need to be changed for older people and that there are a lot of bad ones out there, but think if she was your relative. This is a public forum and family members are reading this. Please keep us in your thoughts as we are going through a difficult time right now and don't need to hear someone as incensitive as you posting rude coments.
Lindsey

Akron, OH

#17 Jul 8, 2008
I am now seeing all of the wonderful comments. Thank you to everyone and I will pass these on to the rest of my family.
dawn

Grandville, MI

#18 Jul 8, 2008
When I came through this intersection at 8:30 TUESDAY MORNING, the light was the same as last night.....the first light by the rail road tracks completely out, the others for Port Sheldond blinking red and the ones for Chicago Dr blinking yellow.

I thought that MDOT fixed it after the accident last night.....

Another accident waiting to happen!!!
John

United States

#19 Jul 8, 2008
Went through the Port Sheldon/Chicago Dr intersection this morning (Tuesday) around 8:15 and the lights were out again. No one was working on them and there was no one directing traffic.
Kathy

Canton, MI

#20 Jul 8, 2008
Lindsey, God bless you and the rest of your family during this difficult time. I'm so sorry for the loss of your aunt and sad about the terrible circumstance.

And to add my 2 cents, there are a lot of teenage drivers being killed or injured in accidents as well. Does that mean they're not meant to drive either? Just asking.

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