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Unusual crash in Van Buren County results in a fatality


PINE GROVE TOWNSHIP (WKZO)-- A young man from Gobles was found dead behind the wheel of a Jeep found along the Kal-haven trail Saturday in Pine Grove Township just after 8:00 AM.

Van Buren County Deputies have identified the victim as 24-year-old Jamie Scott Barber from the Gobles area.

Deputies say it appeared the wreck had been there for several hours before it was discovered, because the engine was cold to the touch.

They say it appears that Barber was headed east on the non-motorized trail when he went off the edge, and was just beginning to roll the vehicle when it hit a tree on the driver’s side of the roof, crushing it and trapping him inside the vehicle.

They used he jaws of life to extract the body.

They say the Jeep had been taken without permission.  Its being investigated.