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Wayland/Yankee Springs Township Fire Department responds to two calls hours apart

Wayland/Yankee Springs Township Fire Department was busy Sunday afternoon with two calls; a hiker who fell on a trail in the township and a traffic crash just down the road from the fire station.

 

A woman from the Hemlock area hiking in the Graves Hill-North Country Trail area with her husband and child Sunday fell and injured her leg, according to the department’s Deputy Fire Chief Dan Miller.

 

Barry Central Dispatch notified the firefighters about 1 p.m., and using GPS, sent the woman’s approximate location to firefighters who were able to pinpoint the family and bring the woman out to a waiting ambulance.

 

“We immediately called Hopkins Fire Department for assistance because they have a Utility Terrain Vehicle with tracks which is more stable than our vehicle which has narrower wheels,” Miller said.

 

Hopkins firefighters brought the woman out to a staging area set up at the Graves Hill trail parking area off Gun Lake Road. The time from the call to central dispatch and when the woman was located and in the ambulance was between 20 and 25 minutes, Miller said.

 

Wayland Area Emergency Medical Services personnel transported her to a Grand Rapids hospital with a broken leg in the knee area, Miller said. The last word they had on the woman was from an EMT with the ambulance service who texted them to say “the doctors fixed her up very quickly” and thanking the emergency services crews for “their fine work.”

 

Miller thanked all of the units that responded to the call for help: Wayland Area EMS personnel, Michigan DNR Parks Division and Conservation officers, Hopkins Area and Wayland/Yankee Springs Township firefighters and Barry and Allegan County Central Dispatch centers.

 

While still finishing the report on the woman, the department was called to assist Barry County Sheriff’s deputies at a traffic crash in front of the Sand Bar Restaurant at 3:21 p.m. that closed M-179 for about two hours.

 

A vehicle heading east turned into the restaurant in front on an oncoming car, causing a collision. Several people, some from both vehicles, were treated by Wayland EMS personnel at the scene; none were transported, Miller said.

Left: This vehicle was involved in a crash in front of the Sand Bar Restaurant Sunday afternoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo courtesy of Dan Miller

 

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