OTTAWA COUNTY, MI – Two people were killed in a fiery crash Sunday morning.

A semitrailer driver was heading west on M-6 near 8th Avenue around 5:30 a.m., May 23, when the semitrailer carrying a petroleum product rolled over, in Jamestown Township, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office said.

The initial investigation shows the semitrailer drifted off the south side of the road, overcorrected and then overturned, police said. The semitrailer was then hit by a car driving west.

Deputies found both vehicles fully engulfed in flames and were unable to get to the victims, police said. Each vehicle was occupied by a driver only.

The two people were pronounced dead at the scene. The victims’ ages, genders and cities of residence have not been released.

The crash damaged the westbound side of the M-6 bridge over Rush Creek. That bridge is closed until 5 p.m., Thursday, May 27, Michigan Department of Transportation spokesperson John Richard said. That timeline is an estimate, he said.

A barrier wall, guardrail and part of the bridge deck was damaged, Richard said. Westbound traffic will get off at Exit 3 and reenter at the I-196 exchange.

The Ottawa County Hazmat helped clean up the petroleum spill. It was contained and there are no safety concerns for residents in the area. An environmental clean-up company was called in to assist.

Anyone who may have seen the crash should call the sheriff’s office at 616-738-4000, Ottawa County Central Dispatch at 1-800-249-0911 or Silent Observer at 877-887-4536.

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