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A look at dash cam video from fatal head-on crash in Allegan Co.

ALLEGAN COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - For the first time, we're seeing the dramatic dash cam video from a deadly head-on crash in Allegan Count last week.

Michigan State Police say last Tuesday night, 29-year-old Jeremy Smeltzer was speeding the wrong way on US-131 near the I-94 interchange.

His truck crashed head-on into a car at the Plainwell on-ramp.

Smeltzer and the driver of the other car--21-year-old Jaryd Ford--were killed.

State Police went through the dash camera video Tuesday, and showed Newschannel 3 just how quickly everything happened.

They say that just two minutes ticked by from the time troopers got a call about the wrong-way driver to the time they were at the crash scene, working to help the victims.

Video shows troopers trying to pull Smeltzer over near the Plainwell exit, and crashing into a Ford Mustang, driven by Jaryd Ford just before midnight last Tuesday.

"From the initial traffic stop to the initial response was about a minute and 50 seconds," said F. Lt. Tom Draves, the MSP Wayland Post Commander.

State Police were trying to stop Smeltzer from both directions on the highway, while warning drivers on the road, with a trooper leaving a traffic stop to help.

Troopers in one MSP cruiser witnessed the crash, with a second cruiser pulling up just seconds later.

"You can see he puts on the brakes, and then turning, trying to stop the vehicle so it doesn't run into someone," said F.Lt. Draves, watching the footage.

The crash happened so fast that Ford, who was killed on impact, never saw the truck coming.

Troopers rushed to help and put out the resulting car fire.

"The first priority is the condition of the victims in the vehicles," Draves said.

They also worked to keep Ford's passenger calm, as she was trapped inside with two broken legs.

Michigan State Police say they're still working on accident reconstruction to determine an exact rate of speed on US-131.

They're also waiting on toxicology reports for both of the drivers.

Newschannel 3 also reached out to Ford's family, who saw the video earlier; they say seeing it is helping them obtain some closure.