I-96 reopens in Kent, Ottawa counties after rollover crash

KENT COUNTY, Mich. — A portion of westbound I-96 was closed Friday after a rollover crash.

The two-vehicle crash was reported at about 8:45 p.m. west of Fruit Ridge Avenue.  The freeway was closed between Fruit Ridge and 8th avenues in Ottawa County, but had reopened as of 10:05 p.m. Friday.

The Kent County Sheriff’s Department dispatch says injuries were reported in the crash.  Their severity is unclear at this time.  Ottawa County Central Dispatchers said eastbound I-96 also was closed briefly after a semi-truck jackknifed after 16th Avenue in Marne. No injuries were reported.  Ottawa County Dispatch reported a two-vehicle injury accident on eastbound I-96 in Wright Township around 8:30 p.m. Friday

Several slide-offs were also reported on both east and westbound I-96 in Kent and Ottawa counties Friday evening due to slick road conditions. And a few rollover crashes.

The ramp from northbound US-131 at 54th Street was closed in Wyoming because of a crash. And westbound I-196 had a left-lane closure at Lane Avenue because of an accident in Grand Rapids.

The National Weather Service in Grand Rapids issued a Special Weather Statement on Friday night:

Scattered heavy snow squalls Friday evening resulted in light
accumulations of snow on some roads, which have now turned to icy
spots due to temperatures below freezing. Motorists are advised to
drive with caution tonight due the possibility of black ice.


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