SHELBYVILLE, Mich. (WOOD) - A 23-year-old man was killed Wednesday afternoon in one of four crashes along southbound US-131 that caused two sections of the highway to be shut down for hours.
The man, Zachary Oudman of Hudsonville, was killed in the first crash, which happened around 3 p.m. near exit 55, according to Michigan State Police.
A semi-truck's rear tire blew out, and it stopped on the shoulder near the mile marker 55. A pickup truck with two men inside then veered of the shoulder and hit the rear of the semi truck's trailer.
Oudman, who was a passenger in the pickup, was killed instantly, MSP said.
The driver of the pickup was taken to Bronson Methodist Hospital with unknown injuries. The driver of the semi truck was taken to Allegan General Hospital to be checked out.
US-131 was shut down until just after 9 p.m Wednesday between exit 59 and exit 55 from Shelbyville to Martin.
In another crash just south of Wayland, a van rolled over. That appears to have been a chain-reaction crash due to slowed traffic caused by the closure from the fatal crash. One person was hospitalized with serious injuries.
There was another closure for a shorter amount of time near the Dorr exit for other crashes. One crash was at 144th Street and the other was just south of exit 68. Both appeared to be minor, rear-end crashes.
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