According to the Oceana County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched to South Water Road just west of Clay Road around 7:15 a.m. They found a 2005 Dodge Dakota pickup had been traveling north and went off the road, partially recovered, went off the road again and struck a large spruce tree.
When the truck hit the tree, the vehicle caught fire and the lone occupant was unable to escape.
Police said a driver passing by the scene tried to rescue the driver but was unable to because of the fire.
The incident is currently under investigation. Police believe speed is a factor in the crash and they are still investigating if drugs or alcohol played a part in the incident.
The driver's name will be released when the identity can be confirmed through dental records.
Man hit and killed in Plainfield Township
PLAINFIELD TWP. (WZZM-TV) - A pedestrian was struck and killed in Plainfield Township early Sunday morning.
According to the Kent County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to the 5700 block of West River Drive just before 1 a.m. where they found a 46-year-old male from Comstock Park. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the car that struck the pedestrian is a 22-year-old female from Cannon Township. She remained on scene and is cooperating with the investigation.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor with the pedestrian but not with the driver.
The crash remains under investigation.
Pilot dead after small plane crashes in Upper Peninsula
CARP LAKE TWP. (AP) — Authorities say a pilot is dead after a small plane crashed in a remote area of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
WLUC-TV reported Sunday that cellphone location data helped locate the plane in a remote area of Carp Lake Township. The pilot, who wasn't immediately identified, was pronounced dead at the crash scene.
A search began Saturday after the plane departed from the Gogebic County Airport but didn't arrive as scheduled at the Ontonagon Airport.
The NTSB said Saturday night that it's investigating the crash of the Piper PA-28 in Ontonagon.