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Michigan SUV crash: Tragic accident kills 4, injures 5

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A Michigan SUV crash on Friday killed 4 people and injured 5, according to a Jan. 31 Lansing State Journal report. The sports utility vehicle carrying six women lost control on an icy western Michigan road and landed directly in the path of a pickup truck.

The Muskegon County Sherriff’s Office released a statement that the dead victims included four of the women in the SUV. Two of the women, SUV driver Perla Magana, 26, and passenger Leticia Ceja, 39 were injured and are listed in stable condition. Three men in the pickup truck, Eric Werkema, 31, Jose Hernandez, 28, and Ross Sterk, 35, were treated for minor injuries. MLive.com identified the dead women as Erika Ceja, 35; Angelica Magana-Ceja, 45; Teresa Alvarez, 35; and Jessica Magana, 23.

The Washington Post reports that the women in the SUV were on their way to work in Kent County, according to Sheriff Dean Roesler, and the men in the pickup truck were paint contractors also on their way to work. “There are some slippery spots,” Roesler said Friday. “The scene of the crash is icy but there’s also been a lot of traffic that’s been through that as well that may have created some of it.”

The crash happened shortly after 6 a.m. in Casnovia Township, about 20 miles northwest of Grand Rapids.

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