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Posted: 03/05/14

Three-car collision claims
two lives in Bruce Twp

by CHRIS GRAY
Observer Staff Writer
      Two victims killed in a three-car traffic collision in Bruce Township have been identified.
       The Michigan State Police reports at 3:25 p.m. on Feb. 27, a 2014 GMC Traverse was traveling south on M-53 near Bordman Road when it struck a 2006 Chevy Silverado traveling northbound head-on. A 2010 Chrysler vehicle following the Silverado was also involved in the crash.
       Dick Allen Versendaal, 76, of Byron Center, and Wendy Ann Knight-Goboly, 57, of Leonard, died as a result of the collision. Versendaal was driving the Traverse without passengers.
       A 3-year-old boy riding with Knight-Goboly sustained serious injuries, while a 33-year-old woman also in the Silverado sustained a "possible" injury. Both are from Dryden, but the relation to Knight-Goboly was not released.
       Troopers report the driver in the Chrysler, a 44-year-old woman from Imlay City, may have been injured as well.
       The Bruce-Romeo Fire Department assisted troopers along with emergency workers from Armada Township and Almont. Victims were transported to Henry Ford Macomb Hospital in Clinton Township.
       Bruce-Romeo Fire Chief Ken Staelgraeve said his firefighters had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate one victim from their vehicle.
       "The speeds are relatively high out that way, and when you get two vehicles going 55 miles per hour and collide head on, there will be a lot of damage," he said.
       Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the collision, and seatbelts were not worn by all parties.
       The portion of the bypass at the scene of the collision was closed down for hours while emergency workers and troopers investigated and cleared the scene.


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