Driver airlifted from crash site in Mason County

By Lynn Moore
Muskegon Chronicle, Mich.

MASON COUNTY — A Ludington man suffering serious injuries was airlifted from the scene of a traffic crash Friday afternoon.

Richard Eli Mathieu, 77, failed to stop his 1998 Chevrolet pickup truck at a stop sign and was struck by another vehicle, according to a news release from Mason County Sheriff Kim Cole.

The crash occurred around 12:40 p.m. on Aug. 3 at the intersection of Dewey and Lincoln roads in Mason County’s Hamlin Township.

Mathieu was pinned in his vehicle following the crash and was freed by Ludington Fire Department personnel using Jaws of Life, according to the news release. He was flown via North Flight Aero Med to Munson Hospital in Traverse City with serious injuries.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 2003 Honda Element, was taken to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the news release. The sheriff identified that driver as Kent Robert Smith, 63, of Scottville.

Mathieu was traveling north on Lincoln and Smith was heading west on Dewey when the crash occurred.

Life EMS, Hamlin Fire Department and the Michigan State Police Hart Post also responded to the scene.

The case remains under investigation.

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