Ramp reopens after semi flips onto guard rail

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – An I-196 exit ramp has reopened in downtown Grand Rapids nearly 10 hours after it was shut down for a semi-truck crash Thursday morning.

The semi-truck, which was hauling potting soil, overturned on the westbound I-196 exit to Ottawa Avenue around 7 a.m., causing a big backup during morning rush hour.

Cones placed along the exit ramp to Ottawa Avenue from westbound I-196 in downtown Grand Rapids where a semi-truck wreck happened on Oct. 9, 2014.
(Cones placed along the exit ramp to Ottawa Avenue from westbound I-196 in downtown Grand Rapids)

It took emergency crews more than three hours to extricate the driver, a 58-year-old man from Toronto, Ontario, who was pinned in following the crash, Grand Rapids Fire Battalion Chief Bart Perry said.

The man was pinned in facing the pavement with the truck on top of him. Perry said it was the most extensive extrication he’s seen in 30 years.

The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries in the crash. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Michigan State Police said the driver was going too fast and he hit the guard rail, causing the truck to flip.

Road crews put up cones along the section of the ramp that is missing a guard rail and the ramp reopened around 4:40 p.m.

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