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Deadly semi-truck crash claims life of West Michigan man
ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A deadly head-on collision involving two semi-trucks claims the life of a West Michigan man and closed a local highway for several hours.
Michigan State Police say a 38-year-old truck driver - identified by his wife as Alan Chase of Spring Lake - was traveling southbound on I-196 when he cross over the median and hit a northbound semi-truck. That crash happened around 6 a.m. in Casco Township.
Chase, a truck driver at Teddy's Transport in Holland, was just about 20 miles from work when he crashed.
"It's hard. It's gonna be a long road to recovery for everybody here," said Dave Wright, Alan Chase's co-worker.
Wright says Chase was likely out on his usual route - heading from Holland to Chicago.
"He's such a good guy. I mean, he's a good family man, good worker, he's always been a good friend to a lot of people here," Wright said.
And family came first. Chase's wife tells us he was a wonderful husband and father to four children.
"He road with him all summer, you know and bonded together all summer long, riding with his dad. It's going to be hard for him and his family," Wright said.
He says one of Chase's sons spent his summer break riding side-by-side with dad.
"He'd come in, even had a Teddy's shirt on, he rode back and forth with his dad to chicago everyday," said Wright.
Now those trips are over and his family and friends are left wondering why.
"All we can do is put our faith in God, which a lot of us do here, and just hope for the best, you know. And just surround each other with love and try to get through it the best we can."
Chase's wife says he had no underlying medical conditions.
An autopsy is being performed. State police hope it will shed some light on what happened.
A man and woman were in the other truck. State police say they were transported to the hospital with minor injuries and released a short time later.