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Accidents on Friday cause of injuries

Published 9:50am Monday, October 19, 2009

CASSOPOLIS – Sheriff Joseph M. Underwood Jr. reports that his office is investigating a personal injury crash that occurred Friday, Oct. 16, at 6:25 p.m. on Indian Lake Road in Silver Creek Township in Cass County Michigan.

Shaun Harrington. 19, of Cassopolis was southbound on Indian Lake Road when, for an unknown reason, lost control of his vehicle and traveled off the side of the road colliding with a tree. He and Audreanna Gordy, 19, of Watervliet were transported by Coloma Ambulance to Borgess Lee Hospital in Dowagiac. Sister Lakes Ambulance transported the two uninjured 6-month-old children Arionna and Alexander Gordy. Alcohol is not a factor and safety restraints were used. This case is still under investigation.

Assisting were Indian Lake Fire Department, Coloma Ambulance, Sister Lakes Ambulance and Pokagon Tribal Police.

Underwoood Jr. also reported that deputys of the Cass County Sheriff’s Office responded to a personal injury traffic crash on US-12 and Five Points Rd. in Cass County’s Mason Township.

The crash also occurred on Friday, at 7:20 a.m. Investigation showed the crash occurred due to a vehicle driven by Melis Melissen, 66, of British Columbia, Canada, entered the intersection from a stop sign and failed to yield right of way to a west bound vehicle driven by Rebecca Palmer, 44, of Edwardsburg.  Palmer and the passenger in Melissen’s vehicle, Maartje Melissen, 66, of British Columbia, Canada, were transported to Elkhart General Hospital by Porter Area Ambulance and Oslo Ambulance service.

Assisting on scene was the Porter Area Fire Department. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash and all occupants were wearing seatbelts.

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