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.

WOOD TV8 provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s