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Ottawa County bridge closed for over seven hours after single car accident

Posted at 1:06 PM, Aug 31, 2014
and last updated 2014-08-31 13:06:19-04

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich.- An Ottawa County bridge was closed for over seven hours Saturday night after a single car accident.

According to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to a single car accident at the intersection of Mercury Drive and Bignell Drive just before 9 p.m. Saturday night.

Deputies state the vehicle driven by 17-year-old Adam Penland from Grand Haven, was travelling eastbound on Mercury Dr. when he lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle then struck a curve, went down a bike path, then struck a power pole and snapped the pole in half.  The pole then landed on the vehicle.

Penland and his two passengers, 16-year-old Sierra Young and 15-year-old Gabriel Waffel, were trapped inside the vehicle while crews from Grand Haven Board of Light and Power could de-energize the power lines according to Ottawa County deputies.

The accident caused a power outage in the area. Deputies had to close the bridge over Millhouse Bayou for seven hours so power the power pole and the power lines could be repaired. The bridge then reopened early Sunday morning.

The front seat passenger, Sierra Young was taken to North Ottawa Hospital with minor injures and is listed in good condition. The driver of the vehicle, Adam Penland was also injured but declined medical treatment. The backseat passenger was not injured.

Deputies state that everyone in the vehicle was wearing their seat belts.