Crashes involving fire truck close I-196 for 2 hours

The scene of the crashes on westbound I-196 between Fuller and College avenues in Grand Rapids. (April 4, 2016)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A stretch of I-196 in Grand Rapids was closed for about two hours Monday evening after crashes involving multiple vehicles, including a fire truck.

The closure happened around 8:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the highway just before College Avenue, according the Michigan Department of Transportation. The highway reopened around 10:30 p.m.

The scene of the crashes on westbound I-196 between Fuller and College avenues in Grand Rapids. (April 4, 2016)
The scene on the highway after the crashes.

Grand Rapids police said it started when multiple vehicles were involved in minor crashes. A fire truck responded to block a ramp to College. It was not moving when it was hit from behind by a pickup truck after the passing driver lost control on the icy road.

The initial call to the scene involved three cars. Police did not immediately have a final number of vehicles involved.

There were not any serious injuries, police said.

Poor road conditions caused fender benders all over Kent County Monday evening and led to periodic closures on I-96 near Portland due to minor crashes.

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