15-year-old killed, second teen injured in crash on US-131 in GR

Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Authorities say one 15-year-old was killed and another 15-year-old critically injured in a single-vehicle crash on US-131 in Grand Rapids early Tuesday.

The Michigan Department of Transportation said the crash was reported shortly after 3:30 a.m. on northbound US-131 near the I-196 interchange in downtown Grand Rapids.

Michigan State Police originally said a 2020 Ford F-150 was involved in the crash and two people were pronounced dead at the scene, but later said one died at the scene and a second person was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

On Tuesday afternoon, MSP confirmed that the person killed was a 15-year-old boy from Grand Rapids and said that a 15-year-old girl, also from Grand Rapids, remained in the hospital.

State police said it’s believed that poor road conditions due to heavy rain are believed to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.

The northbound lanes were closed for nearly four hours while authorities investigated and worked to clear the scene. Northbound US-131 has since reopened.

A vigil was held Tuesday night for the two victims outside of Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital.

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