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2 receive serious injuries when vehicle hydroplanes, flips

Posted: 3:00 PM, Aug 22, 2016
Updated: 2016-08-22 15:00:49-04

A vehicle that struck standing water at the side of the road in Ionia County lost control, struck two mailboxes and roll-over, Saturday.

Three occupants in the backseat of the vehicle were taken to Ionia Sparrow Hospital with minor injuries, but the driver and front seat passenger were taken to the hospital with serious, non-fatal injuries, the sheriff’s office reports.

The driver was a 21-year-old man, and all were from Saranac.

Sheriff Dale Miller said that during and after a severe storm, drivers should use caution when it comes to puddles of water in the road.

“You never know what could be there,” Miller said.

He advised if the water goes across the entire roadway, it may be best to find an alternate route, as you don’t know how deep the water is, or if there is something under the water.

Miller said that when a vehicle hydroplanes, the driver may not be able to correct a turn or stop fast enough, which could lead to a potential crash.

Assisting on scene were the Saranac Fire Department, Lombardo Towing, Life EM and Lake Odessa First Responders.