Morning traffic jams: No fun on 131

Posted at 8:16 AM, Dec 11, 2014
and last updated 2014-12-11 08:16:56-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A series of crashes made it impossible to avoid stop-and-go traffic on US-131 Thursday morning.

First, a three-vehicle crash blocked southbound US-131 from around 6:45 to just before 8 a.m. Traffic backed up to I-96 and merged with another jam-up.

That slowdown was caused by a three-vehicle injury crash on southbound US-131 south of West River Drive. One car ended up in the median, while the other two vehicles ended up on the right. Only the center lane was open, and traffic backed up to Pine Island Drive.

Meanwhile, a crash on northbound US-131 blocked two lanes at 44th Street, and soon traffic was backed up to M-6.

With dry weather and good driving conditions, there were no explanations for the rash of crashes, which also affected eastbound I-196 at M-6 with a rollover east of Hudsonville.