The Barry County Sheriff’s Office reports that deputies responded to a two-vehicle personal injury traffic crash on May 24 that sent six injured people to area hospitals, three of them transported by Aircare and Aeromed helicopters.The crash occurred at the intersection of West M-179 and South M- 43 highways in Rutland Twp at about 3:15 p.m.
Deputies initial investigation indicated a southbound 2015 Nissan pickup struck a 2007 Dodge Caravan that had apparently failed to yield at the intersection. Five of the injured were in the Caravan: an Orangeville woman, 49, who was ejected, two juvenile female passengers, a Wyoming woman, 66, and the driver, a 43-year-old Belmont woman. The 40-year-old Hastings man driving the Nissan pickup was also taken to an area hospital.
The condition of the injured is not known and the incident remains under investigation. During the incident, Aircare reported a drone was observed flying over the scene, which also remains under investigation.
Deputies are withholding names at this time. Alcohol/drugs are not believed to have been a factor in the crash.