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OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A snowmobile rider near Greenville has broken bones, cuts and bruises after colliding with a Kent County plow truck clearing snow from the road.

About 3 p.m. Friday afternoon the plow was headed up Van Hoose Road NE across from County Line Lake in Oakfield Township. The snowmobile was coming down Van Hoose from the opposite direction.

The unpaved road has some sharp curves and police believe the snowmobile driver didn't see the plow coming around a bend in time to stop.

"The county plow truck was making the first pass through the roadway," explains Kent County Sheriff's Department Deputy Ronald Kimbrough. "The snowmobiler came around a blind corner and was not able to stop before hitting the plow truck."

Police say the injured snowmobiler is Alan Hopkins, 52, of Greenville. He may have a broken leg and ribs.

Deputies say it's not clear if it's even legal for snowmobiles to operate on that road.

Jerry Byrne of the Kent County Road Commission says snowmobile riders should stay to the side.

"Obviously snowmobilers want to run where the snow is at," he says. "But snowmobiles and snow plows don't mix on the road. This is not the first accident we've had with snowmobiles, and usually it's not a good result because it's a large truck and a small snowmobile."


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