Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

March 10, 2013

Michigan in Brief: 03/10/2013

Snowmobile crashes claim lives

CHERRY GROVE TOWNSHIP — Authorities say two men have died after separate snowmobile crashes in the same township in northwestern Lower Michigan.

MLive.com reports a 51-year-old man died Friday night at a hospital after crashing in Wexford County’s Cherry Grove Township, near Cadillac. Earlier in the day, a 61-year-old man died at the scene of his crash.

Authorities say both snowmobilers struck trees along backwoods trails.

Man critically hurt in 3-story fall

GRAND RAPIDS — Authorities in Grand Rapids say a 20-year-old man has been critically injured after falling from a third-story window.

Police say he was attending a party early Saturday morning in an apartment. Witnesses told detectives that he sat on the sill of an open dining-room window, leaned back and fell onto a concrete slab.

Investigators say he was taken to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries. They also say alcohol was a factor in the accident.

Police say he has been identified but aren’t releasing his name.

Student-led vigil honors firefighter

MATTAWAN — A firefighter who suffered a fatal heart attack while responding to a southwestern Michigan blaze was remembered at a vigil organized by students at his former high school who sought to create an event “that wasn’t so sad.”

About 50 mourners attended the vigil Friday night outside Mattawan High School for 22-year-old Nathan Fruin, who joined the fire department after graduating in 2009.

Fruin was riding in a support vehicle west of Kalamazoo in Van Buren County when he fell ill. The driver pulled to the roadside and summoned help. Fruin died Feb. 26 at a hospital after complaining of chest pains.

Report issued after train accidents

NILES — Federal officials say railroad accidents last year in Michigan and Illinois were caused by workers not following required safety precautions.

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