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Woman dies in Ionia County crash

Posted: 12:16 PM, Sep 26, 2019
Updated: 2019-09-26 14:54:35-04

ORLEANS TOWNSHIP, Mich.– At least one person has died after a violent crash on a state highway in Ionia County.

The Orleans Township Fire Department tell FOX 17 one death is confirmed in the crash on M-66, near the M-44 junction.

Authorities said a 78-year-old woman was driving north and tried to turn into a gas station when she was hit by another vehicle from behind. The collision pushed her car sideways into the southbound lanes, causing a pickup truck to T-bone her car on the passenger side, instantly killing her.

Investigators are working to determine the speed of the vehicles and if the one that rear-ended the woman was braking.

The highway was closed in both directions from M-44 to Hubbell Road for several hours but has since reopened.