About 10 miles of southbound US-31 in the Muskegon area are closed following multiple car crashes, according to dispatch.

Michigan Department of Transportation first tweeted about a closure on SB US-31 at Apple Avenue Sunday afternoon, around 12 p.m. There was a crash in the area that blocked the roadway.

Since that initial tweet, reports of multiple accidents on SB US-31 forced authorities to close a long stretch of the highway to more traffic.

According to a Muskegon County Sheriff's dispatcher, SB US-31 from Colby Street to Holton Road was closed due to several accidents. Traffic was slowed down and diverted away from the area.

SB US-31 was reopened at Holton Road not long after it was closed and authorities worked to open more of the freeway. Just before 2 p.m., US-31 at Colby Street was reopened by Whitehall Police.

This is a developing story, WZZM 13 has sent a crew to the area to learn more.

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.