Driver airlifted following Hamlin crash.

August 3, 2018

Driver airlifted following Hamlin crash.


HAMLIN TOWNSHIP — A two vehicle crash at the intersection of Dewey and Lincoln roads resulted in one victim being airlifted. The crash occurred about 12:41 p.m. An investigation by the Mason County Sheriff’s Office revealed that a 1998 Chevrolet 1500 pickup truck, driven by Richard Eli Mathieu, 77, of Ludington was heading north on Lincoln Road, and failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with a Honda Element that was westbound on Dewey Road. The Element was driven by Kent Robert Smith, 63, of Scottville.

The pickup truck rolled over into a nearby yard. Rescue personnel from Hamlin and Ludington fire departments used hydraulic rescue equipment to remove the man, who was trapped. Mathieu, who suffered from serious injuries, was then transported by ambulance to Oak Tree Academy (the old South Hamlin School) at the intersection of Lincoln and Decker roads, where North Flight Aeromed helicopter transported him to Munson Hospital in Traverse City. Smith was transported by Life EMS ambulance to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Assisting with the crash were Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Michigan State Police, Hamlin Township Fire Department, Ludington Fire Department, and Life EMS ambulance.

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