UPDATE AT 10:00 P.M. (WZZM) -- The family of Bob Cutler, well-known member of the Muskegon business community, released a statement Tuesday night on his death in a 20-car pileup on U.S. 31:
Our family tonight is mourning the loss of Bob Cutler, a husband, father, grandfather, community leader and businessman. He was devoted to his family and to the Muskegon community, where he lived and worked for most of his 58 years.
Bob was a larger-than-life personality, enthusiastic about the world and passionate about family, friends, work and the community. He was a car enthusiast who loved to ski, boat and spend time with his wife, children and grandchildren. To paraphrase the words of Thoreau, he wanted to suck every drop out of life.
He leaves behind a devoted wife, Jeanne, who was the love of his life, best friend and business partner. Mourning his loss are their three children, Andrew (Samantha), Justin (Stephanie) and Meggan (Trevor) Dyer, and five grandchildren.
We are still in shock over the accident that claimed Bob's life today. We ask that you respect the privacy of the family at this most difficult of times and allow us to grieve in private.
Funeral arrangements are pending, and are being made through the Lee Chapel of the Sytsema Funeral Home in Muskegon.
UPDATE AT 7:10 P.M. (WZZM) -- Muskegon Police confirm the man killed in a multi-vehicle pileup on U.S. 31 Tuesday was Robert "Bob" Cutler, 58, the former chairman of the Muskegon Area Chamber of Commerce and owner of Muskegon Brake and Tire.
Investigators say Cutler was alone in his car when he hit another vehicle that had stopped on the freeway because of the pileup ahead. Cutler was taken to a Muskegon-area hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead.
Cutler, a former health care industry professional, purchased Muskegon Tire and Brake's Broadway businessin 1998 -- based on his love of cars. He turned it into a family business, and expanded it by purchasing the Whitehall road location in 2005. He was also a board member of the West Michigan Employers Association and WayPoint Academy.
UPDATE (1:40 pm): Muskegon Police report that one person died in the multi-car pile up on US 31 this morning. The name of the person killed has not yet been released, pending the relatives being notified.
The first call about the crash was received at 10:02 am. At least 15 to 20 vehicles were involved in the crash.
Anyone who saw the crash is asked to call Muskegon Police at 231-724-6750.
UPDATE (11:45 am): Police reopened US 31 at about 11:35 am. So, traffic can now travel on US 31 in Muskegon County again, after a multiple car pile up has been cleared.
MUSKEGON COUNTY, Michigan (WZZM) - Police are dealing with multiple car accidents on US 31 in Muskegon County.
Northbound US 31 is closed. Southbound US 31 is open, but moving very slowly.
Between 15 and 30 vehicles are involved in a pile up on US 31 between Broadway and Laketon. Police are asking drivers to avoid the area.
WZZM 13's Jon Mills is on the scene. He says multiple patients have been transported from the crash scene to area hospitals. One person was reportedly seriously injured after their vehicle ran into a semi.
We will continue to bring you updates oneline as more information becomes available. We will have more information on the WZZM 13 News at noon as well.