The Michigan State Police in Hastings said a 76-year-old Battle Creek man died and his two passengers were injured in a two-vehicle crash Sunday in Barry County. The crash occurred on M-37, south of 108th Street about 2 p.m. in Thornapple Township.
Troopers report a 19-year-old Middleville man driving a Ford Explorer lost control of his vehicle and crossed the center line, causing the collision with the Chrysler Town and Country driven by the Battle Creek man. He succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
His passengers, a 77-year-old female and a 9- year-old girl, were transported to the hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Preliminary investigation indicates that the crash was caused by speed. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor. Authorities did not identify those involved.
Troopers were assisted at the scene by Caledonia Fire Department and Thornapple Township Emergency Services.