The driver of a commercial vehicle pulling a covered trailer was eastbound on I-96 Friday when a tire blew and he lost control of the vehicle. He went into the median, overturned and was trapped inside, according to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver was extricated by fellow motorists who stopped to assist along with a Michigan State Police detective. A passenger in the vehicle was able to get out by himself, police said.
While first responders were enroute, an off-duty nurse and doctor assessed the injured men; both were taken to Sparrow Ionia Hospital for nonlife threatening injuries. Westbound I-96 Highway near Sunfield Highway was closed while aid was being given and the damaged vehicle removed.
Sheriff’s deputies were assisted by the Portland Police Department, Michigan State Police, Berlin-Orange Fire Department, LIFE and Portland Ambulance services and Reed & Hoppes Towing.