Highway shut down after truck rolls

A traffic backup on I-196 in Zeeland Township after a multi-vehicle crash. (Courtesy ReportIt - May 31, 2014)

ZEELAND TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Eastbound I-196 was closed from Zeeland to Hudsonville for a time Saturday evening due to a crash.

The wreck happened near 48th Avenue just before 6 p.m., according to the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office. It shut down a stretch of the highway between Byron Road and 32nd Avenue for about an hour.

Initial reports said a semi-truck had rolled, but the sheriff’s office later said a pickup truck rolled into the median.

It happened after the driver of the truck, 53-year-old Donald Vedder, slowed because another vehicle had pulled over with a flat tire. A 30-year-old Grand Rapids man driving a Chevrolet Malibu did not slow as Vedder did and rear-ended the truck, the sheriff’s office said.

Vedder and the 30-year-old were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Both had been wearing their seat belts.

The as-yet-unnamed 30-year-old was cited for driving with a suspended license and failing to stop within a sure and clear distance, the sheriff’s office said.




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