GENEVA TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Alcohol was believed to be a factor in a three-vehicle crash where three people died and two were seriously injured Tuesday evening in Van Buren County.
At 7:11 p.m. Tuesday, the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a multiple-vehicle crash with injuries on County Road 388 near 62nd Street in Geneva Township.
Deputies told FOX 17 that a truck attempted to pass a vehicle traveling in the same direction, crossed the center line on County Road 388 and then hit a Pontiac Grand Prix head-on. The car that the truck was attempting to pass also was involved in the crash.
Three people in the Grand Prix were killed at the scene. The victims included a 2-year-old, a 4-year-old and a 24-year-old woman, who was driving. A fourth person -- a male passenger -- in the Grand Prix suffered life-threatening injuries.
They said the children were not restrained in the vehicle and there were no signs of any car seats.
Deputies told FOX 17 NEWS that the truck driver involved admitted drinking alcohol prior to the crash.
The truck driver was taken to the hospital where he was treated for injuries. The driver of the third vehicle also went to the hospital after complaining of neck pain.
The accident remains under investigation by the Van Buren County Sheriff's Department.