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Tractor-Trailer Loaded with Lumber Overturns on US 131; Driver Reportedly OK

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The Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that a semi tractor-trailer overturned Wednesday night at US 131 southbound north of 22 Mile Road in Township of Pierson.

Montcalm County Deputies responded to the scene at 9:43 p.m.

The investigation revealed that a 2018 Kenworth tractor, driven by a 51-year-old Hulbert man, was traveling south on US 131 approaching the 22 Mile Road overpass. The tractor was hauling double flatbed trailers loaded with lumber.

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The driver failed to negotiate the curve and ran off the roadway to the right as the driver attempted to steer the tractor-trailer back onto the roadway, deputies said. The tractor-trailer continued off of the roadway and overturned, spilling its load, coming to a rest near the overpass embankment.

Southbound US131 was closed for nearly three and one-half hours during the investigation, deputies said.

The driver was taken to Corewell Health Butterworth Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries, officials reported. The driver was believed to have been wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash.

The crash remains under investigation.

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The sheriff’s office was assisted on the scene by Montcalm County Central Dispatch, Rockford Ambulance, Sand Lake Fire Department, Michigan Department of Transportation and Montcalm County Road Commission.


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