ALLEGAN COUNTY (WKZO) -- The 4th of July weekend has gotten off to a deadly start in West Michigan.
A 23-year-old from Hudsonville is dead and another person seriously injured after a pickup truck slammed into the rear of a semi trailer parked on the shoulder of U.S. 131 near the 55-mile marker between Martin and Shelbyville in Allegan County.
State Police say it happened in the southbound lanes of the divided highway, a little after 3 p.m. Wednesday as holiday travel was picking up.
Southbound traffic backed up for miles causing several additional chain-reaction rear end collisions, some of them also producing injuries. The accident investigation and cleanup took 6 hours.
The driver of the pickup is being treated at Bronson Methodist in Kalamazoo. No names and few details about injuries have been released.