Local soldier

7.28.14:  Local soldier lost life in car crash


Sgt. Corey Hanson of Grand Rapids died last week in a car crash in Texas.


Hanson was driving his SUV when he strayed into the opposite lane and collided head-on with a semitrailer on Highway 43, about 6 miles south of Smithland, Texas.


The 24-year-old  is a 2008 graduate of Northview High School and served two tours in Afghanistan for the National Guard.  He was reportedly planning a surprise visit home to the Grand Rapids area to see his family and attend a wedding.


Funeral arrangements are pending.