Two Killed in Ambulance, Truck Accident on 14 Mile Road NE in Kent County, MI
Kent County, MI -- December 30, 2022, two people were killed as the result of an accident involving an ambulance and a semi-truck.
According to preliminary details provided in the news, the incident happened at around 2:45 p.m. near the intersection of 14 Mile Road NE and Lappley Avenue. Two people were in an SUV which was apparently slowing to turn left from eastbound 14 Mile Rd. onto Lappley. While doing so, police say that a semi-truck rear-ended the SUV. The SUV then careened into an oncoming ambulance, causing that vehicle to overturn.
Due to the collision, the two people in the SUV succumbed to fatal injuries. No serious injuries were reported for others involved. Right now, it's unclear if charges are being considered, and the cause of the crash has yet to be confirmed.
While I certainly can't confirm anything beyond what's in the news, the claims that a truck rear-ended someone slowing to make a turn are concerning on their own. It would obviously be irresponsible to pretend there are no reasons this could happen without the truck driver doing something wrong. Unlikely or not, even things like mechanical defects are worth investigating when it comes to a fatal collision. But the reality is that 9 times out of 10, this sort of crash involved a reckless driver who was speeding, following too closely, or looking at their phone. Are proper steps being taken to find out if the same is true here, as well?