BATTLE CREEK, MI – On Monday, May 9th at 6:09pm, Battle Creek Police and Fire Departments were called to a car that had crashed into a pole and was on fire on W. Columbia Ave in front of Checkers Restaurant near 28th St. Westbound Columbia Ave was shut down for a short time and is now back open.
When Police and Fire arrived, bystanders had already pulled a man from a truck that was on fire.
The investigation showed the truck, driven by a 19-year-old man from Jackson, was making a left turn out of Checkers onto West Columbia Ave. A westbound car, driven by a 35-year-old Battle Creek woman, hit the truck, spinning it into the curb. It stopped near a utility pole but did not hit it. The truck caught fire, however, witnesses were able to pull the driver out before the truck became fully engulfed. Battle Creek Fire Fighters were able to quickly put the fire out.
The woman was unhurt and was able to drive her car from the scene. The male was taken by LifeCare Ambulance to an area hospital with non life-threatening injuries. He was also cited for failing to yield.
Thanks to the quick action of the witnesses, the driver of the truck was not seriously hurt. Battle Creek Police stated that this crash serves as a reminder to use extra caution when pulling onto a busy road such as Columbia Avenue.