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1 dead in semi crash, M-120 closed for much of the day

Police on scene confirm the drive of a semi-truck involved in a crash in Muskegon County is dead.

MUSKEGON COUNTY, Mich. - A semi-truck crash in Muskegon County has not only killed one driver, but it forced authorities to close the road for most of the day. They reopened M-120 shortly after 3 p.m.

The crash happened around 7 a.m. Monday morning on M-120 (Holton Road) between Michillinda and Ryerson roads, just south of Twin Lake. Michigan Department of Transportation closed down north and southbound M-120 around that time.

According to police on scene, the semi was hauling two big trailers of construction aggregate when the crash with another vehicle happened. The semi was tipped over, and according to witness, on fire. The aggregate spilled all over the roadway and into nearby ditches. Road commission needed to shut down M-120 in the area to clean up the scene and move the aggregate.

The Muskegon County Sheriff's Office identified the driver of the semi as 57-year-old Ronald White from Muskegon. He was employed by Verplank Trucking in Spring Lake. White was killed in the crash. The driver of the second vehicle, 53-year-old Brian Smith from Newaygo, was seriously hurt and taken to the hospital.

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