MSP: 1 injured in US-131 crash in Kent County

Two damaged vehicles sit in the left lanes of US-131 near I-96 in Walker following a crash. (May 18, 2017)


WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — One person was critically injured following a crash on southbound US-131 in Kent County Thursday.

It happened around 7:15 a.m. on US-131 just past I-96 in Walker.

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The scene of a crash on US-131 near I-96 in Walker. (May 18, 2017)

State police say a 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix, driven by a 27-year-old Grand Rapids man, lost control and crashed into a southbound 2011 Ford Taurus, sparking a fire.

Passerby Art LaFave, a fire protection inspection technician who works for the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, told 24 Hour News 8 he pulled over when he saw the crash and fire. He said he grabbed his fire extinguisher and rushed to the driver of the Grand Prix, who was pinned in the car.

“I knew we wanted to get it out as soon as possible. There was a lot of people standing around. I didn’t want it catching a fuel line and having a chance of the car exploding, hurting more people, so I put it out as fast as I could,” said LaFave, who added it’s crucial to know how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

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The scene of a crash on US-131 near I-96 in Walker. (May 18, 2017)

The driver was taken to an area hospital, where he was listed in critical condition.

The driver of the Ford Taurus, a 31-year-old Newaygo man, was treated for minor injuries.

The crash slowed traffic all the way to 10 Mile Road in Rockford. Both lanes were closed for nearly two hours.

The crash remains under investigation.