A three vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on Highway 169 and north east 3rd street injured seven people. According to the Grand Rapids Police Department, a driver of a pickup, Tawhna Pringle of Grand Rapids, was traveling north on Pokegama Avenue when she coughed and put her head down. When she looked up, she was traveling through a red light. Pringle’s vehicle hit the passenger side of a vehicle driven by 58 year old Lori Houwman. Houwman and her three passengers were transported to the hospital. Houwman was rear-ended by a vehicle driven by Roger Edverson, also of Grand Rapids. Edverson and a passenger, identified as Gladys Edverson were both transported to the hospital by ambulance.
The intersection was blocked off and fire departments were called to cleanup leaking fluids. Additional police were called to assist with traffic flow and traffic was rerouted around the business district while the vehicles were towed.
Pringle was issued a citation for running the red light and causing the accident. The citation written for driving without due care/inattentive driving.