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Reckless Driver Crashes into Nine Bicyclists, Killing Five Instantly

Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Getting said that three separate police agencies started receiving phone calls regarding a truck’s erratic driving about 30 minutes prior to a crash that killed five bicyclists and seriously injured four others. Officers were attempting to locate the driver of a blue Chevy pick-up truck when the crash occurred. The pick-up truck sustained heavy front-end damage and was disabled after the crash. The driver fled on foot, but found a short time later and taken into police custody. The five deceased bicyclists were pronounced dead at the scene; the injured victims were transported to area hospitals. All victims were adults. The crash remains under investigation.

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