MSP: 2 killed in wrong-way crash on US-131

US-131, wrong-way crash
The scene of a wrong-way crash on US-131 south of 28th Street. (Feb. 23, 2017)


WYOMING, Mich. (WOOD) — Two people were killed Thursday night in a wrong-way crash on a stretch of northbound US-131 in Wyoming.

The Grand Rapids Police Department says the wrong-way driver was first reported around 9:50 p.m. heading south in the northbound lanes of US-131 around Burton Street.

According to a release from the Michigan State Police, the wrong-way driver hit a northbound vehicle just south of 28th Street. Another vehicle going north was not able to avoid the crash and was also involved.

US-131, wrong-way crash
The scene of a wrong-way crash on US-131 south of 28th Street. (Feb. 23, 2017)

Michigan State Police say the wrong-way driver, a 25-year-old woman from Grand Rapids, died as a result of the crash.

A 27-year-old Grand Rapids man who was hit by the wrong-way driver was also killed. Police say a third driver was not seriously hurt.

Police have not released the names of those involved and are still trying to determine what caused the first driver to enter the highway in the wrong direction.

They’re also waiting for toxicology reports, which could take weeks, to determine if drugs or alcohol was a factor.

The northbound lanes of US-131 were shut down for several hours starting at 36th Street. The highway reopened just before 2 a.m. Friday.