16-year-old Ludington boy dies following US 31 crash.

October 7, 2017

16-year-old Ludington boy dies following US 31 crash.


By Rob Alway, Editor-in-Chief.

SHERMAN TOWNSHIP — Henry Gordon MacDougall, a 16-year-old Ludington High School student, died as a result of his injuries following a vehicle crash on US 31 at Sugar Grove Road Friday evening.


The crash occurred on US 31 at Sugar Grove Road about 8 p.m. Friday after the 2007 Pontiac G5 MacDougall was driving was westbound on Sugar Grove Road and “failed to stop for the stop sign on US 31 and struck a northbound semi-truck,” Cole said. The semi-truck was driven by James Douglas Ellis, 51, of Bradford, Ark. MacDougall’s vehicle went under the trailer and was dragged several feet down the road.

“The impact was on the driver’s side door and the individual in the car was pinned and unconscious,” said Friday evening.

North US 31 between Sugar Grove and Fountain roads was closed for several hours. Rescue personnel from three fire departments, along with Life EMS, worked to free the victim from the car, which was severely damaged.  Cole said after MacDougal was transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital’s Emergency Department, he was then flown by Aeromed helicopter to a Grand Rapids trauma center.

Responding to the scene were Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Scottville Police Dept,, Scottville Fire Department, Custer Township Fire Department, Fountain Area Fire Department, Pere Marquette Township Fire Department (ladder truck used for documentation), and Life EMS ambulance. Grant Township Fire Department was also dispatched but disregarded. Ludington Police Department assisted with notifications to family members.

The crash remains under investigation.

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