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MSP: Person falls from I-196 overpass after stopping to help injured motorcyclist

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Posted at 8:40 AM, Sep 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-11 08:41:00-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Michigan State Police is investigating after a crash involving a motorcycle led to a chain reaction crash and caused a passerby to fall from an overpass while trying to help.

It happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday when a motorcyclist traveling westbound on I-196 near Market Avenue crashed and became separated from his motorcycle.

The rider, a 40-year-old Grand Rapids man, was believed to have been driving at a high rate of speed when he crashed and suffered serious injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening.

Michigan State Police say it appears alcohol played a role in the crash, which led to another crash when another car struck the downed motorcycle.

Police also say a citizen stopped to help locate the motorcycle rider and help him when the person fell from the overpass down to the ground below near the Grand River.

Michigan State Police say the person was conscious when located by first responders, but the extent of their injuries is unknown.