OLIVE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Three crashes on US-31 north of Holland late Thursday afternoon left one person with critical injuries and three others with less serious injuries.
Around 3:50 p.m., driver Tonika Williams was headed north on US-31 near Bingham Street in Olive Township when a pickup truck changed lanes, forcing her off the road and into the median. Williams lost control of her car and it crossed into the southbound lanes, where it was hit by a semi-truck.
Williams’ car rolled under the semi’s trailer, causing it to flip into the ditch and spill the produce it was hauling. Williams’ car then went back into the northbound lanes, where it came to a halt.
Both Williams and the truck driver were hospitalized. Semi driver Darin Kook, 50, of Gladwin, was listed in fair condition later Thursday and Williams, 26, of Muskegon was in serious but stable condition.
But drivers were wearing their seat belts and alcohol is not considered a factor, authorities said.
The southbound lanes were closed for more than three hours while the produce was cleaned up. The traffic backup spanned several miles. All lanes reopened around 7:30 p.m.
A second crash nearby, in the northbound lanes of US-31 at Port Sheldon Street in Olive Township, caused that direction of the highway to close for a time. That crash involved two vehicles. Two people were hurt, but their injuries are not considered life-threatening.
After the first two crashes closed the highway, a third crash happened farther south on US-31 at Riley Street in Holland Township. Details on that crash weren’t immediately available, but it has since cleared.