MSP investigates if wrong-way US-131 wreck contributed to 2nd crash

Grand Rapids

A fiery crash involving a semi-truck shut down the northbound lanes of US-131 in Grand Rapids Tuesday, July 28, 2020.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Michigan State Police is investigating to determine if a wrong-way wreck on US-131 in Grand Rapids may have contributed to a second crash that critically injured man Tuesday morning.

Northbound US-131 was closed at Wealthy Street shortly after 2 a.m. Tuesday after a wrong-way driver struck a semi-truck.

Michigan State Police said a car was heading southbound in the northbound lanes when it struck a semi-truck. The semi then caught fire, becoming fully engulfed in flames.

The wrong-way driver, a 27-year-old Grandville woman, was not injured but her car was heavily damaged. She was arrested for operating while intoxicated — high blood alcohol content and lodged at the Kent County Correctional Facility, according to an MSP news release.

The semi-truck driver, a 27-year-old Illinois man, was not injured.

The highway was closed for around two hours as crews worked to clear the scene, reopening shortly after 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Northbound US-131 at Wealthy Street shut down again around 4:30 a.m. due to another crash.

State police said a Pontiac, driven by a 44-year-old Grand Rapids man, was heading northbound near Wealthy Street when it lost control and struck the median wall.

The driver got out of the vehicle, which investigators believe was partially on the left shoulder as well as the far-left lane.

Another northbound Pontiac, a 48-year-old Wyoming man, then hit the first vehicle. The crash pushed the unoccupied car into the Grand Rapids man who was then thrown into the northbound lanes with serious injuries.

As the injured man was in the roadway, a third Pontiac — driven by a 60-year-old Wyoming woman — swerved to avoid hitting the man then crashed into another vehicle.

Neither driver was injured.

The injured man was pulled out of the roadway by a passing good Samaritan. He was taken to the hospital where he is listed in critical condition, according to MSP.

The crash remains under investigation. State police are working to determine what factors may have contributed to the crash.

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