BYRON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The two victims killed in a crash on M-6 Sunday morning have been identified.
Charles Fletcher, 48, of Standish, and Lawrence Green, 58, of Kentwood, were killed in a crash involving a semi tanker and another vehicle that had both caught fire, according to the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.
We're told the tanker left the road for reasons that are not yet known, before returning to the road and flipping on its side. Authorities say that was when the passenger vehicle struck the tanker.
The crash remains under investigation.
The closure of M-6 westbound will continue until Thursday 5 p.m., says the Michigan Department of Transportation.
The fire that resulted from the crash damaged the pavement at the scene just east of the 8th Avenue exit in Jamestown Township. The semi carrying flipped, and a car crashed into it.
MDOT tells us the semi was carrying an asphalt binding agent, which stuck to the road after the crash.
MDOT says the delay in reopening the westbound lanes is due to repairs required to the bridge at the scene as well as to scrape off the adhesive from the road.
We're told 25,000 people use the bridge's westbound lane each day.
The detour issued by MDOT is to exit at Wilson Avenue, go north to Rivertown Parkway, use the Michigan turn to get onto westbound Rivertown Parkway, which becomes 44th Street, and enter I-196.