Alpine Ave. reopens after fatal crash

9:33 PM, Aug 9, 2013   |    comments
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  • I-96 and Alpine Avenue
  • Walker police say both directions of Alpine Avenue NW over I-96 are shut down because of the crash.
  • I-96 and Alpine Ave.

WALKER, Mich. (WZZM) -- Alpine Avenue reopened nearly eight hours after a deadly crash involving multiple vehicles. Traffic resumed around 6:45 p.m. Friday.

Hours earlier at 11 a.m., Michigan State Police say a GMC pick-up truck struck construction barrels on northbound U.S. 131 and continued onto westbound I-96 and exited onto Alpine Avenue. The truck sideswiped a Honda and rear-ended a Saturn. The truck then traveled across Alpine Avenue, through a guardrail, and struck a utility pole sending traffic signals crashing to the roadway.

The driver of the GMC pick-up truck is identified as Peter Flemings, 61, of Grand Rapids. He died at the scene.

A child in the back seat of the Saturn is hospitalized in critical condition. The driver and a front passenger in the Saturn are listed in stable condition.

The occupants in the Honda were not hurt.

It's unclear if a medical condition caused the Flemings to lose control of his vehicle.

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