Crashes, slide-offs cause highway closures in W. MI

Kent County

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Sections of several major highways in West Michigan were shut down on Friday due to slide-offs and crashes, including one that killed a driver.

In Portage, a Centerville man was killed when he lost control on eastbound I-94 at exit 76 for Westnedge Avenue. His passenger was also injured.

Two lanes and and an off-ramp were shut down for four hours following the crash, but have since reopened.

In Kent County, southbound US-131 at 17 Mile Road (Cedar Springs exit) was closed because of a crash involving a semi-truck and an SUV. The highway reopened around 1:15 p.m., according to the Michigan Department of Transportation.

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During the Friday morning commute, the southbound lanes of US-131 were shut down at Post Drive in Plainfield Township north of Grand Rapids due to a multiple vehicle crash. It has since reopened.

The eastbound lanes of I-96 were shut down from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. between Coopersville and Marne due to multiple crashes. The Ottawa County Sheriff’s office said it responded to five crashes involving a total of 11 vehicles that were caused by low visibility and blowing snow. Two non-life threatening injuries were reported. The highway has since been salted and sanded.

The northbound lanes of US-131 were also shut down for a time due to a crash at 106th Avenue in Plainwell, north of M-89 in Allegan County.

24 Hour News 8 is monitoring traffic throughout West Michigan. Check back with woodtv.com for updates.

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*Editor’s note: A previous version of this story erroniously listed the crash on US-131 at 17 Mile Road as being in the northbound lanes instead of the southbound lanes. We apologize for the error.

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