A section of Hancock Road, west of Montague, was washed away after the culvert failed because of the melting snow. Two men were driving when their car plunged into the collapsed roadway. Neither were serious injured.
WHITE RIVER TWP. – Two Montague men escaped serious injury, even death, after the car they were in plunged 25 feet into a washed out section of rural Hancock Road, west of Montague, and into the icy rushing waters of Pierson Drain.
The accident happened in the dark early morning hours Wednesday.
Kyle Cloutier, and his passenger and friend, Nikoli Wallace, both 20-years-old, were headed east on Hancock Road at 3:45 a.m., about 500 feet of Chase Road, when the car they were in plunged into the collapsed 20-foot section of roadway. The 1999 Chrysler 300 nose-dived and landed at the bottom on top of the washed out culvert. The vehicle was mostly submerged in the cold waters.
It is believed the culvert had failed with the rushing waters from a fast snow melt resulting from temperatures reading into the low 50s on Tuesday, followed by heavy rains overnight.
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