Multi-vehicle pile up closes section of U.S. 131 in Mecosta, Osceola counties

OSCEOLA COUNTY — More than two dozen vehicles, including semi-trucks, were involved in an accident Wednesday that shut down part of U.S. 131 in Osceola County.

At approximately 2 p.m., deputies from the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office responded to an accident on southbound U.S. 131 near 2 Mile Road. The weather was blowing snow causing a whiteout. A chain-reaction pile up occurred as other vehicles attempted to avoid the first accident. Approximately 25 cars, including two semi-trucks, were involved in the pile up. There were two individuals transported from the scene by EMS.

Southbound U.S. 131 was closed from 11 Mile Road in Osceola County to 19 Mile Road in Mecosta County until 5 p.m. while emergency personnel contained and worked the scene.

Vehicles that could not be driven were towed from the scene. Individuals were transported from the scene via a Reed City school bus to the Reed City Depot for security and shelter.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by personnel from Osceola County EMS, Reed City Fire/Rescue, Reed City Police Department, the Lincoln Township Fire Deptartment, Leroy/Rose Lake Fire Deptartment, the Mecosta County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

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Posted by Emily Grove

Emily is the Pioneer and Herald Review crime and court reporter, covering crime in both Mecosta and Osceola counties. She can be reached by e-mail at emily@pioneergroup.com or by phone at (231) 592-8362.

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