Semi crash on US-131 slows traffic at I-196

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -- Cleanup operations from a jackknifed took about four hours Friday morning, with traffic jammed up from 6 a.m. to 9 :30 a.m.

The semi crashed around 5:30 a.m. Friday in the  southbound lanes of US-131 at I-196 in Grand Rapids.

(Courtesy: Jackknifed semi GRPF Local 366)

The right two lanes were blocked and crews had to clean up a large area of spilled diesel fuel.

An axle with the wheels still attached sat next to the center wall until a wrecker was able to use its crane to move it so that another truck could carry it away.

No word on injuries.

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  • Germaine

    After further investigation, a Russian speaking interpreter had to be brought in to get the semi driver’s statement about what caused him to crash. It was determined that, his lack of being able to read the road signs in English was a factor in the crash.

    • Germaine

      There is now an initiative in the state to get the road signage displayed in Cyrillic symbols along with English to accommodate the unusually large number of Russian speaking truck drivers on Michigan roads.

      • Sick of the crap

        … Bosnian, Middle Eastern (with or without turbans) Mexicans (thanks Obama dumb s**t for opening the borders to Mex trucks) etc. etc. …

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