2 ejected in crash in Walker; expected to survive

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — Two people were thrown from a car in a crash that shut down a stretch of US-131 just north of Grand Rapids Wednesday, police say.

The crash happened around 11:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes at the I-96 overpass in Walker. 

Troopers say a passenger car struck a tractor-trailer while changing lanes. The vehicle then struck a guardrail and continued into the trailer, causing the car to spin.

The vehicle then hit a concrete barrier before stopping, troopers say. 

The two occupants in the vehicle, an 18-year-old female and 20-year-old woman, were hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries. They were not wearing their seat belts, troopers say. 

Troopers are investigating if the occupants were complying with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order

Northbound traffic was backed up nearly to Leonard Street while the road was shut down. It reopened shortly before 2 p.m.

Michigan State Police are handling the crash investigation.

*Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly referred to I-96 as I-196. We regret the mistake, which has been fixed.