TALLMADGE TWP. — A man was forced to jump off a bridge after losing control of his vehicle and hitting a guardrail on Wednesday, Oct. 28.
Deputies from the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched around 6:45 a.m. to an injury accident.
Upon arrival, they learned a 26-year-old Allendale man driving a 2006 Buick Ranier was traveling on Lake Michigan Drive near Linden Drive on a bridge over Grand River when he lost control of his vehicle due to ice on the bridge.
After hitting a guardrail and coming to a stop in the eastbound traffic lane, the driver told police, he realized oncoming traffic wouldn’t be able to stop in time.
The driver was able to exit his vehicle and jump off the bridge to the ground below. His vehicle was stuck by a 2009 Chevy Impala driven by a 22-year-old Jenison man.
The driver of the Buick suffered a leg injury from the jump and was transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, while the driver of the Impala suffered facial injuries and was treated at the scene. He declined transportation to the hospital.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office was assisted at the scene by Grand Valley Police Department, Allendale Fire/Rescue, Marne Fire/Rescue and Life Ambulance.
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