Delta Township – Authorities say three people have died after their minivan was struck by another vehicle when the driver stopped to help a motorist.

The crash happened Tuesday night along westbound Interstate 496 in Eaton County’s Delta Township, near Lansing.

The victims were all from Lansing: 59-year-old Kelly McNamara, 66-year-old Linda Foote and 57-year-old Kevin Trusty. The sheriff’s department says five people were injured in the three-vehicle crash.

Spokeswoman Jerri Nesbitt says investigators believe the minivan was hit when the driver was moving the van to help jump-start another vehicle. The driver was treated at a hospital and released.

Nesbitt says weather probably wasn’t a factor but some people were not wearing seat belts.

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