Morning Crash On US 131 Kills 2-Men

Posted at 2:53 PM, Sep 10, 2013

09-10-13 131 crashKENT COUNTY,Mich. — According to the Michigan State Police a fatal crash occurred on Tuesday September 10 at approximately 8:00a.m. on Southbound US131 at Post Dr in Plainfield Twp, Kent County.

According to the investigation a 2013 Ford pick up truck , driven by a  57-year-old Sparta man, was southbound on US131 at Post Dr when the vehicle struck several vehicles that were stopped in the roadway due to traffic backup.  Witness statements taken on scene Indicated that the driver of the pickup was travelling at a high rate of speed and never braked prior to striking the other vehicles.  The result of the impact was a chain reaction crash involving seven different vehicles.

Several people were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries including the at fault driver.

John Pomeroy, 49 and William Kochis, 30 both from Traverse City were travelling in the same vehicle and were the first to be struck by the at fault vehicle causing them to suffer fatal injuries.

A portion of Southbound US131 was closed at Post Drive for several hours to investigate the crash.