Our network

1 killed in Holland freeway crash | News

Title (Max 100 Characters)

1 killed in Holland freeway crash

HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A man died in a head-on crash on I-196 in Holland Friday afternoon.

Just before 4:30, Holland Department of Public Safety officers were called to I-196 near milemarker 47.

When they arrived, they found a 2012 Ford Escape with heavy front-end damage in the median and a 1991 Freightliner semi truck in the ditch along the freeway's north side.

Investigators say the man who died, Prashamth Kumar Muchumarri, 41, from Grand Rapids, had been driving the Escape eastbound when his vehicle left the freeway, went into the median, and crossed into the westbound lanes -- hitting the semi head-on. The Escape's driver was ejected and was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities aren't yet releasing his name, pending family notification.

The semi's driver, a 43-year-old Kalkaska man, was not hurt.

Investigators say it's not yet known at this point whether speed or alcohol contributed to the crash, which remains under investigation. Any crash witnesses should contact Sgt. Jon Boeve at 616-355-1737, the Holland Department of Public Safety at 616-355-1100 or policetips@cityofholland.com, or Silent Observer at 1-877-887-4536 or mosotips.com.

Holland firefighters, American Medical Response, the Allegan County Sheriff's Office, and the Michigan State Police Motor Carrier Division also helped respond.