Commuters traveling north of the City of Grand Rapids were halted on northbound U.S. 131 after a fatal, three vehicle crash. Two of the vehicles involved caught fire.

The freeway was closed until 4 p.m. Traffic was routed off the highway at West River Drive as part of the detour.

One person was killed in the crash and a second person was taken to an area hospital.

According to Michigan State Police a vehicle driven by a 56-year-old man from Stanton rear ended a vehicle driven by 64-year-old Kendell M. Martin of Grand Rapids.

Martin died on the scene. The third driver was not injured.

The crash remains under investigation.

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