One dead, three injured in crash on US 12

EDWARDSBURG, Mich. -- One person died and several others were injured in a head-on collision on US 12 Wednesday afternoon, according to Ontwa Township Edwardsburg Police.

The investigation revealed Ariel Villa, 27, was traveling westbound on US 12 near Island Road when his vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane and struck another vehicle head-on, police said.

There were three people in the vehicle that was traveling eastbound. One of the passengers was found in a ditch outside the vehicle, police said.

The other occupants were trapped in the vehicle and were extricated by the Edwardsburg Fire Department and Clay Fire Rescue.

Two people were taken to the hospital by ambulance and one was taken by MedFlight to the hospital.

Villa died at the scene.

The following agencies assisted on scene: Edwardsburg Fire Department, Edwardsburg Ambulance Service, Clay Fire & Rescue, SEPSA Fire & Ambulance, SMCAS Ambulance Service, Michigan State Police, MedFlight of South Bend, Cass County Central Dispatch, MDOT and the Cass County Road Commission.

The crash remains under investigation.

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