Man, 47, dead after semi-trucks crash in Ionia County

SARANAC, Mich. — A 47-year-old truck driver is dead after a crash in Ionia County Wednesday morning.

The crash happened about 10:30 a.m. at M-21 and Hawley Highway.

The Ionia County Sheriff's Office says that a pickup truck pulled out in front of a semi-truck hauling wheat. The driver of that semi-truck swerved to avoid the pickup and ended up in the path of another semi-truck.

The driver of the second truck, Anthony Nunez, of Hudsonville, died in the crash.

The driver of the pick-up truck, a 40-year-old Saranac woman, and her 18-year-old son were taken to the hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries, officials said.

Neighbors in the area say that intersection has been a dangerous one for years.

"Well this is a dangerous corner and it has been for years," says Roger Kimble who lives at the corner and witnessed the crash. "Basically just what happened this lady in the red pick up truck came down the hill and when you come down the hill to stop at this stop sign you can’t see anything coming from the east."

According to Michigan Traffic Crash Facts, there have been 19 crashes at and near that intersection between January 2010 and December 2015. According to the site, none of the incidents were fatal.

The crash caused damage to a power pole, leaving about 500 people without electricity. Crews were called in to restore power to those customers.

That section of the road was re-opened shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday night.

The crash remains under investigation.

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7 comments

    • Carly

      My aunt was driving the pickup truck and she said she can’t see anything coming so she went ahead and went across the street all the sudden the semi came out she did not see it. The semi tried to swerve out of her way and she still got hit by the semi. But the semi did not see the 2kn semi and the two semi’s went head-on. The two in the pickup truck both need surgery.

  • anonymous

    Fox 17 should be punished for releasing the victim’s name when they were specifically told not to by the family….and then had the audacity to show up at the victim’s home. Totally disrespectful.

    • John Feazel

      That’s not the way the world works! Citizens do not order other people or businesses what they may legally do or not do.

  • BethZeller JosephDean

    People at hawley HWY think they have the right away over me every single day when I take my son to preschool and I am making a left turn going into saranac from M21. They do NOT have the right away and yet this happens to me EVERY SINGLE DAY and they can CLEARLY see me.

  • Buddyjohn

    Speed limit should be 15mph if you dipshits can’t drive a vehicle properly up there, also ignorant women like this should be chained in a cellar and best regular bcuz there’s no excuse for stupidity in this day and age..