3 dead, 5 injured after crash in Eaton County

Posted at 8:25 AM, Mar 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-07 17:06:27-05

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say three people have died after their minivan was struck by another vehicle when the driver stopped to help a motorist.

The crash happened Tuesday night along westbound Interstate 496 in Eaton County’s Delta Township, near Lansing.

The victims were all from Lansing: 59-year-old Kelly McNamara, 66-year-old Linda Foote and 57-year-old Kevin Trusty. The sheriff’s department says five people were injured in the three-vehicle crash.

Spokeswoman Jerri Nesbitt says investigators believe the minivan was hit when the driver was moving the van to help jump-start another vehicle. The driver was treated at a hospital and released.

Nesbitt says weather probably wasn’t a factor but some people were not wearing seat belts.