One person dead, another sent to hospital after fiery crash

Ionia County fatal crash

LOWELL, MICH. - UPDATE 6:10 p.m. The victim of the accident has been identified as Shardella Shana White-Smith of Kentwood. The accident remains under investigation. 

ORIGINAL STORY: The intersection of Bluewater Highway and Whites Bridges Road just east of Lowell is back open following a fiery head-on crash Wednesday morning. 

According to Michigan Department of Transportation, the roadway was closed around 10:41 a.m. 

Police tell us there were three vehicles involved. One person died following the crash and another was sent to the hospital with serious injuries. 

Sheriff deputies said the driver of a Ford Explorer was traveling eastbound toward Saranac and crossed the centerline into the westbound lane of travel.  The other two vehicles were both traveling westbound and were unable to avoid the impending collision due to a guardrail and bridge located on the roadway.  

Deputies said the driver of the Explorer sideswiped the car before hitting the other SUV head on.


No other details of the crash were made immediately available. More information to come as soon as it is provided. 

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