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CASNOVIA, Mich. (WZZM) -- A registered nurse, headed home after a shift at Gerber Memorial Hospital, was a few cars behind the crash that killed four women Friday morning in Muskegon County.

Gregory Funck pulled over and led other volunteers who stopped to help. Three of the women who died were ejected from the vehicle and one was trapped inside the wreckage.

The victims are identified as:  Erika Ceja, 34; Angelica Magana-Ceja, 44; Teresa Alvarez, 34, and Jessica Magana 22, all of Newaygo.

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Vital signs were weak or not detected, but Funck and his hastily assembled team delivered CPR until paramedics arrived.

"I was trying to help them survive. Somehow, if there was any chance of them being able to survive, I knew it would be trying to get some blood to their brain," Funck said. "There was a tremendous amount of help; everyone on the scene was really pouring their heart out and helping."

At least one other registered nurse also stopped to help, and an off duty detective from the Grand Rapids Police Department also administered CPR to one of the injured women.

Ross Sterk was a passenger in the vehicle that collided with the SUV carrying the four victims.  He says roads were very bad at the time. "We couldn't to anything but you know hit the brakes and hit Them. So it was bad."

Sterk says he blacked out for a second when the airbags deployed. He says when he came to he was disoriented, but quickly climbed out of the vehicle along with his two coworkers. What he saw was horrific. "The women that were injured were there. One almost laying in the middle of the road, and you know, people are still driving by." He says it's something he hope no one ever has to witness.  

"In those situations you respond to what's going on and afterward it starts hitting you." says Gregory Funck.  "I cant even imagine how horrible they must feel at this time. My condolences, my sincere condolences are going out to the family," Funck told WZZM.

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