Semi hauling liquid sugar tips in Grand Haven Twp. crash

Posted at 12:25 PM, Oct 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-28 15:35:56-04

GRAND HAVEN TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Northbound US-31 is back open hours  after a tanker truck full of liquid sugar rollover, spilling it’s load across the highway.

The truck flipped Monday morning just north of Hayes Street in Grand Haven Township just before 11 a.m. The northbound lanes were closed until around 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Authorities said a car going south on the highway tried to make a left turn to get into a parking lot when it was hit by the semi. The truck’s driver lost control trying to avoid a collision, causing it to tip over and spill the liquid sugar it was hauling.

Crews were able to stop the flow of the sugar, but the tanker is so heavy that three tow trucks couldn’t bring it back on it’s wheels at first try. After nearly two hours, they finally put the truck upright and towed it away.

The Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office says the rolled over truck was headed to House of Flavor in Ludington from Battle Creek. It’s not clear if the sugar still inside the tank can be used by the ice cream shop

Both drivers of the semi and vehicle were taken to the hospital with injuries that weren’t considered to be life-threatening.