US-131 near Three Rivers re-opens after crash, fuel spill

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NEAR THREE RIVERS, Mich. (WOOD) – The northbound lanes of US-131 just north of Three Rivers in St. Joseph County have reopened after a traffic crash resulted in a diesel spill that shut down the highway for hours.

The northbound lanes between N. Main St. and Hembach Rd. were shut down around 9:30 a.m. Friday and remained closed for about four hours, according to a release from the Michigan Department of Transportation.

The driver of a semi-truck, Hecktor Fuentes of Comstock Park, was pulling onto northbound US-131 from Heimbach Road when he drove into the path of a passenger car driven by Michael Richmond of Topeka, Ind., a release from Michigan State Police said.

The crash resulted in a “large amount” of diesel fuel spilling onto the highway, requiring a Hazmat team’s assistance to clean it up, police said.

Fuentes wasn’t hurt in the crash. Richmond was taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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