Icy roads cause multiple crashes, injuries in western Michigan

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KENT COUNTY, Michigan (WOOD) – Low temperatures Wednesday morning brought freezing conditions and multiple accidents to western Michigan.

Michigan State Police in Oshtemo Township near Kalamazoo to say, a southbound pickup truck on US-131 near Stadium Drive lost control, crossed the median and overturned a guardrail, landing in the northbound lanes. He was then struck by a northbound SUV.

The driver of the pickup, a 42-year-old Grand Rapids, had to be freed by firefighters. He suffered injuries which are not considered to be life threatening.

One of the two people in the SUV was also injured; their injuries are not considered life threatening either.

The Southwest Michigan MSP said it was at the scene of five other multi-vehicle crashes at around the same time, noting the ice.

Further north on US-131 near Stanwood, an 18-year-old driver lost control and her car rolled over several times. In that car were also a 27-year-old man and a 35-year-old woman in labor. The Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office said the three suffered non-life threatening injuries.

MSP also tweeted about an accident on I-196 westbound at Chicago Drive at around 6 a.m. involving 11 vehicles. Several minor injuries were reported.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said a pickup truck struck 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 released by the fire department. She was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Three of the nine people in the van were also hospitalized with minor injuries.

Jerry Byrne of the Kent County Road Commission said News 8 crews were focusing on major highways where they encountered many problems, including I-196 and US-131. He urged drivers to drive slowly and to be extra careful on bridges and overpasses.

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