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Two killed in chain reaction crash on U.S. 131

3:12 PM, Sep 10, 2013   |    comments
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Photo from Post Drive bridge of US-131 SB

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- Two Traverse City men were killed Tuesday morning in a chain reaction crash on southbound U.S. 131 near Post Drive.

Around 8 a.m., Michigan State Police say a Ford pick-up truck slammed into several vehicles that were stopped due to a traffic back-up. Witnesses say the driver, a 57-year-old Sparta man, was speeding and did not brake.

The impact caused a chain reaction crash involving seven vehicles. John Pomeroy, 49, and William Kochis, 30, both of Traverse City, were killed.

The 57-year-old Sparta driver and several others were hospitalized with minor injuries.

Southbound U.S. 131 was closed for several hours Tuesday morning.

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