UNDATED (WHTC) - Motorists heading out for the protracted Independence Day holiday east and north of the Lakeshore were slowed by two multi-vehicle pileups that killed one person and hospitalized two others yesterday.
Names have not been disclosed yet in a two-vehicle crash along US-131 north of Martin that killed one person, hospitalized two others, and snarled traffic for six hours. State police said that the driver of a pickup truck veered off of the southbound lanes and into the rear of a disabled semi on the shoulder. A 23-year-old Hudsonville man riding in the pickup died, while the two drivers involved were injured. Several residual crashes occurred as a result of the backup, with some minor injuries reported.
Meanwhile, a seven-vehicle pileup snarled traffic for more than an hour at the junction of US-31 and I-96 yesterday afternoon. Three separate collisions were reported in a five-minute span as a result of heavy volume of motorists coming off of the westbound lanes of I-96 onto the northbound lanes of US-31. Norton Shores officers were assisted by Michigan State Police troopers and Muskegon County Sheriff’s Deputies in sorting out and cleaning up the situation. No injuries were reported, and citations are pending.