Callers to Allegan County Dispatch the afternoon of June 1 told dispatchers that a car had left the roadway, struck several trees and started on fire. Several Good Samaritans stopped and pulled three people from the burning vehicle before emergency services arrived a short time later to extinguish the fire, the Allegan County Sheriff’s Office reports.
The driver, Caroline Norman, 70, from the Pullman area, suffered life threatening injuries and was transported to South Haven Hospital, and then flown to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo by West Michigan Air Care (WMAC). Norman’s minor female child was also taken to Bronson Hospital by WMAC.
Terrence Norman, 44, Caroline Norman’s son, was transported to South Haven Hospital where he is listed in good condition. As of Thursday, Caroline Norman was still in the trauma unit and her daughter in pediatric intensive care at Bronson, officials said. The crash, which occurred on 102nd Avenue near 62nd Street in Casco Township, remains under investigation. //
No reason has been determined why the vehicle left the roadway and information on seatbelt use was not available. The sheriff’s office was assisted by the Michigan State Police, South Haven Fire, South Haven EMS and West Michigan Air Care.