Custer crash victims recovering

July 23, 2020

Custer crash victims recovering

CUSTER — The two victims from a two vehicle crash on US 10 in the village Wednesday are both recovering. The crash occurred about 3:30 p.m. and involved a Chevrolet Cruze, driven by Rachael Ruger, 26, of Scottville, and a Ford E-350 Super Duty van driven by Scott Gordon, 56, of Scottville. According to the Michigan State Police, Gordon was driving west on US 10 and Ruger was traveling eastbound when Ruger’s vehicle apparently crossed the centerline and collided head-on with Gordon’s vehicle. The crash occurred in front of the Custer Village Hall/Fire Station.

Ruger was trapped inside the vehicle, which required Custer Fire Department personnel to use extrication equipment to remove her. Both Gordon and Ruger were wearing seatbelts, according to MSP.

Gordon was transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital by ambulance. He reported to MCP that he was later released with one broken bone. Ruger was transported to SHLH by ambulance and then by Aeromed to Munson Medical Center in Traverse City. According to her father, Barry Ruger, she went into surgery Wednesday evening and had injuries to her femur, right ankle and right arm. She did not have any internal injuries, he said. 

Emergency personnel were dispatched to the scene at 3:37 p.m. and included Michigan State Police, Mason County Sheriff’s Office, Scottville Police Department, Custer Fire Department, and Life EMS.

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