JAMESTOWN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — A fiery crash that killed two people on M-6 near Hudsonville has caused officials to close the freeway until Thursday afternoon.
The crash happened Sunday around 5:25 a.m. in Jamestown Township on M-6 near 8th Avenue.
Deputies said a semi truck drifted south off the road then over-corrected and flipped onto its side. The trailer of the semi was then hit by another vehicle driving in the same direction. The crash resulted in flames, authorities said.
After extinguishing the fire, authorities found one person in each vehicle. Both people were pronounced dead at the scene.
This crash remains under investigation.
DAMAGE TO CLOSE BRIDGE FOR DAYS
Officials say the crash and fire caused extensive damage to the bridge over Rush Creek and bridge deck, prompting them to shut down westbound M-6 between Kenowa and 8th avenues. MDOT says the barrier wall will need to be replaced.
With repairs underway, westbound M-6 will stay closed at Wilson Avenue until 5 p.m. Thursday, MDOT announced Monday. The affected stretch generally sees 22,000 vehicles each day. Drivers can detour off the highway at Wilson, head north to 44th Street and then go west to I-196.
Because the semi was hauling liquid asphalt, environmental crews spent all day Monday cleaning up what spilled onto the highway and into Rush Creek.
—News 8’s Ken Kolker contributed to this report.