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Accident shuts down portion of U.S.12 Sunday afternoon

COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - A section of US 12 west of Coldwater was shut down for more than an hour Sunday afternoon following a head on collision between a pickup truck and a utility van. The crash near Branch Road in Coldwater Township sent 3 people to the hospital with one of the drivers, a 72-year old Coldwater man, flown out from the Community Health Center of Branch County to Parkview in Ft. Wayne in serious condition.

Sheriff’s deputies said Clarke Diesel of Coldwater was southbound on Branch and tried to turn his van east on US 12 and struck the pickup driven by 41-year old Shawn Arndt of Three Rivers. Diesel had to be freed from the wreckage with the Coldwater Fire Department  Jaws of Life. Arndt and a 50-year old woman, also from Three Rivers, were not wearing seatbelts.

The accident that happened around 3:15 pm Sunday remains under investigation. Citations are expected to be served for failure to yield and failure to wear safety restraints. Alcohol was not a contributing factor to the crash.