Four people dead in Muskegon County crash

8:33 PM, Jan 31, 2014   |    comments
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  • Four people were killed in a crash at M-37 and M-46 near Casnovia.
  • Gregory Funck, a nurse from Clarkston, Michigan, stopped at the scene to assist the victims

CASNOVIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Four people are dead and five others hurt following a crash on an icy roadway in Muskegon County.

The crash happened around 6:30 a.m. Friday at M-37 and M-46, near the roundabout. A driver who slid off the road tells deputies a Chevrolet Trailblazer carrying six people also lost control and spun across the center lane, into the path of a pickup truck carrying three men.

Four people in the Trailblazer died and two others were taken to the hospital. All three men in the truck were also taken to the hospital.

The victims are identified as:

Erika Ceja, 34; Angelica Magana-Ceja, 44; Teresa Alvarez, 34, and Jessica Magana 22, all of Newaygo.

Gregory Funck, an off-duty nurse, and an off-duty Grand Rapids detective stopped at the scene and assisted the victims. The Grand Rapids Police Department says the detective is a 17-year veteran who was on his way to drop off his children at school when he came upon the accident. The officer, who wants to remain anonymous, performed CPR and helped organize rescue efforts. 

Funck says he first arrived on scene and help coordinate efforts to perform CPR on the victims.  He says three were thrown from the vehicle and another was trapped inside.  He said the victim in the car had a broken leg. He removed his shirt and used it to stabilize the injury.

All of the passengers in the SUV and pickup truck were heading to work at the time of the crash.

Tonight on WZZM 13 News at 11 hear more from nurse Gregory Funck, and a passenger riding in the other vehicle involved in the crash. He describes it as the 'worst day in his life.'

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