Mason County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Steve Hansen walks away from the wreckage of the fatal crash Feb. 5, 2014, as Hamlin Township Fire Chief Steve Vandervest and firefighter Andy Larr discuss the scene near Hamlin Township. Authorities say a woman and her baby are dead following a two-vehicle crash, that left the baby's 7-year-old sibling in critical condition. (Patti Klevorn / AP)
Hamlin Township — Authorities say a woman and her baby are dead following a two-vehicle crash in western Michigan that left the baby’s 7-year-old sibling in critical condition.
The Ludington Daily News reports 28-year-old Amanda Collins and 10-month-old Lillian Grace Collins died following the crash around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in Mason County’s Hamlin Township, about 80 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.
The other child, identified as Madysen Marie Church, was flown to a Grand Rapids hospital.
The car driven by Amanda Collins went across a roadway and into a snowbank, where it stopped in the path of oncoming traffic. A pickup struck the car on the passenger side.
Sheriff Kim Cole says distracted driving may have led to the crash. He says Amanda Collins had a pile of mail in her lap.