Two Traverse City men where killed when another driver failed to stop for backed–up traffic on southbound U.S. 131 at around 8 a.m., according to a report from the Michigan State Police. Troopers are investigating the fatal accident in Plainfield Township.
Preliminary investigation showed that a 2013 Ford pick up truck, driven by a 57-year-old Sparta man, was southbound at Post Drive when the vehicle struck several vehicles that were stopped in the roadway due to traffic backup. Witness statements taken on the scene indicated that the driver of the pickup was traveling at a high rate of speed and never braked prior to striking the other vehicles. The result of the impact was a chain-reaction crash involving seven different vehicles.
Several people were transported to local hospitals with minor injuries including the at-fault driver. John Pomeroy, 49, and William Kochis, 30, both from Traverse City, were traveling in the same vehicle and were the first to be struck by the at-fault vehicle, causing them to suffer fatal injuries. A portion of southbound U.S. 131 was closed at Post Drive for several hours to investigate the crash.
Troopers were assisted on the scene by the Kent County Sheriff’s Department, Plainfield Fire Department and Rockford Ambulance. The accident remains under investigation.