KENT COUNTY, Mich. (WOOD) — Low temperatures Wednesday morning led to icy conditions and multiple crashes throughout west Michigan.
In Oshtemo Township near Kalamazoo, Michigan State Police say, a pickup truck that was southbound on US-131 near Stadium Drive lost control, crossed the median and flipped over a guardrail, landing in the northbound lanes. It was then hit by a northbound SUV.
The driver of the pickup, a 42-year-old Grand Rapids, had to be freed by firefighters. He sustained injuries that are not considered life-threatening.
One of the two people in the SUV was also injured; their injuries are also not considered life-threatening.
MSP in Southwest Michigan said it was on the scene of five more multivehicle crashes around the same time, noting the ice.
Farther north, on US-131 near Stanwood, an 18-year-old driver lost control and her car rolled multiple times. Also in that car was a 27-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman who was in labor. The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office said all three sustained non-life-threatening injuries.
MSP also tweeted about a crash on westbound I-196 at Chicago Drive that happened around 6 a.m. involving 11 vehicles. Multiple minor injuries were reported.
The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says a van hit a sedan on Byron Road east of 32nd Avenue in Jamestown Township.
The car rolled over into a ditch filled with water. The driver had to be freed by firefighters. She was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Three of the nine people in the van were also hospitalized with minor injuries.
Jerry Byrne with the Kent County Road Commission told News 8 crews were focusing on major freeways where they are seeing a lot of problems including I-196 and US-131. He urged drivers to drive slow and take extra caution on bridges and overpasses.