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Police: Driver admits falling asleep before head-on crash in Spring Lake

SPRING LAKE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) - Police say a teenager admitted she fell asleep before her car collided with another vehicle on M-104 Friday afternoon.

The accident happened at 5 p.m. near 144th Avenue in Spring Lake Township.

People at businesses along M-104 -- also known as Cleveland St. -- say they looked up when they heard the impact.

"They were both just spinning with smoke coming out of them," says Leroy Zalsman. "I heard a pop, looked up, and they were both spinning both cars."

Police say the driver of the westbound car, Rebecca Plont, 16, of Nunica, told them she fell asleep at the wheel.   Her 1999 Pontiac Grand Prix veered into the eastbound lanes.   Deputies say Plonk told them she woke up just before hitting the other car.

The eastbound car was a 1987 Plymouth Reliant, driven by Diana Medema, 58, of Spring Lake.  Medema's passenger was her 16-year-old granddaughter, Brittany.  Both had to be extracated from the car.

"I looked in there," says witness Mack MacKenzie. "I said, 'Are you guys okay?' She just looked at me with blood down her face."

"If you look at the condition of the cars, it's pretty simple to see the silver eastbound [Plymouth] got the worst of the accident," says Sgt. Kevin Allman of the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department.

Diana and Brittany Medema were flown by AeroMed to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital.  Diana Medema is in critical condition, while her granddaughter is listed in serious condition.

Plonk and her passenger, Amy Tovey, 34, of Grand Haven, were taken to area hospitals.  They are expected to recover.

Deputies say Tovey was asleep in the passenger seat before Plonk dozed off.  Investigators do not know where the pair was headed, where they had been, or why they were so tired.

"I guess in todays society I wouldn't put falling asleep at the wheel at any odd time of the day...if it's an afternoon, early morning hours...people work different shifts," says Sgt. Allman.

Police closed the eastbound lanes of M-104/Cleveland Street for more than three hours for investigation and clean-up of the crash.