1 killed in US-131 crash as wintry weather hits W. MI

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Kalamazoo man was killed in a crash on US-131 Tuesday as blowing snow and slippery roads created treacherous travel across West Michigan. 

It happened around 7:30 a.m. on northbound US-131 near 116th Street in Martin Township.

Troopers say 65-year-old Evert-Jan Ohler didn’t notice traffic was stopped because of an earlier crash. His SUV hit into the back of a bus carrying 19 teenagers from Providence Christian School.

MSP says Ohler died at the scene. One of the people aboard the bus was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. 

Northbound US-131 was closed for about two hours, but has since reopened. Southbound US-131 was also closed after 124th Avenue near Shelbyville, but reopened about two hours later.

AT LEAST 2 INJURED IN I-94 PILEUP

At least two people were taken to the hospital after a multi-vehicle crash on I-94 near Mattawan. The extent of their injuries are unknown. 

It happened shortly before 10 a.m. on I-94 near the Mattawan Exit 66. The eastbound lanes were closed for around 2.5 hours, but have since reopened. 

The westbound lanes at 9th Street, which were shut down for several hours, reopened around 2:05 p.m.

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In Grand Rapids, police closed Michigan Street at Ottawa Avenue for about 3 hours due to dangerous road conditions. It has since reopened. Police said Michigan Street was closed after at least four-vehicles were involved in a crash and others were sliding down the hill. There are no reports of injuries.

Both directions of Cherry Valley Avenue SE (M-37) were closed between 108th Street and Parmlee Road in Thornapple Township, south of Caledonia. The road has since reopened. Barry County dispatchers said there was a multi-vehicle crash in the area. It’s unknown if there are any injuries.

WINTER WEATHER, DANGEROUS DRIVING

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory for several West Michigan counties through 7 p.m. Tuesday. The system will bring 2-6 inches of additional snow, the heaviest in areas between US-31 and US-131. Wind chill temperatures could reach 5 below to 15 below zero.

Drivers can expect slow travel and drops in visibility due to blowing, heavy snow. Visibility in some areas may be reduced to only a few car. Roads will also be icy due to the low temperatures not allowing salt to work well, according to NWS.

Drivers who venture out are reminded to turn on their headlights, clear all snow and ice from their vehicles, and use caution.

Drivers can track the progress of the MDOT snowplows from the safety of home before hitting the road. Some plows are also equipped with cameras, allowing visitors to see the roads as they are cleared. The map is visible on the Mi Drive website

The wintry weather could impact flights at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport. Passengers can check real-time flight information online before heading to the airport.

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